tumpline

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: tump line

English[edit]

Using a tumpline

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Tump is a shortening of mattump, metump, possibly from a Penobscot descendant of Proto-Algonquian *wetempi (head).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tumpline (plural tumplines)

  1. A strap used to carry objects tied to its ends by placing the broadened or cushioned middle of the strap over the head just above the forehead.
    • 1918, Rex Ellingwood Beach, chapter 2, in The Winds of Chance:
      The speaker slipped his arms into his pack-harness and adjusted the tumpline to his forehead preparatory to rising.

Further reading[edit]