hump

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably borrowed from Dutch homp (hump, lump) or Middle Low German hump (heap, hill, stump), from Old Saxon *hump (hill, heap, thick piece), from Proto-Germanic *humpaz (hip, height), from Proto-Indo-European *kumb- (curved).

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  • (Canada, UK) IPA(key): /hʌmp/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌmp
Camels have humps on their backs.

Noun[edit]

hump (plural humps)

  1. A mound of earth.
  2. A speed hump.
  3. A deformity in humans caused by abnormal curvature of the upper spine.
  4. (animals) A rounded fleshy mass, such as on a camel or zebu.
  5. (slang) An act of sexual intercourse.
  6. (Britain, slang, with definite article) A bad mood.
    She's got the hump with me.
    Go away! You're giving me the right hump.
  7. (slang) A painfully boorish person.
    That guy is such a hump!
  8. A wave that forms in front of an operating hovercraft and impedes progress at low speeds.

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Verb[edit]

hump (third-person singular simple present humps, present participle humping, simple past and past participle humped)

  1. (transitive) To bend something into a hump.
    • 1885, Roosevelt, Theodore, Hunting Trips of a Ranchman:
      The cattle were very uncomfortable, standing humped up in the bushes.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To carry (something), especially with some exertion.
  3. to rhythmically thrust the pelvis in a manner conducive to sexual intercourse
    1. (transitive, intransitive) To dry-hump.
      Stop humping the table, you sicko.
    2. (transitive, intransitive) To have sex (with).
  4. (US, slang, dated) To prepare for a great exertion; to put forth effort.
  5. (slang, dated) To vex or annoy.
  6. (rail transport) To shunt wagons / freight cars over the hump in a hump yard.
    • 1960 July, G. Freeman Allen, “Margam yard - the most modern in Europe”, in Trains Illustrated, pages 405, 407:
      In the first phase of the new yard's operation, from March 6 last, it was wisely decided to restrict the yard's use to allow for any "teething" ailments with complex electronic gadgets, so when I visited Margam early in May it was working well below its capacity, humping about 1,000 wagons a day; [...].

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly related to Low German humpel, compare with English hump.

Noun[edit]

hump m (definite singular humpen, indefinite plural humper, definite plural humpene)

  1. a bump or hump (e.g. in a road)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly related to Low German humpel, compare with English hump.

Noun[edit]

hump m (definite singular humpen, indefinite plural humpar, definite plural humpane)

  1. a bump or hump (e.g. in a road)

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