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bump

[buhmp]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to come more or less violently in contact with; collide with; strike: His car bumped a truck.
  2. to cause to strike or collide: He bumped the car against a tree.
  3. to dislodge or displace by the force of collision.
  4. to dislodge by appropriating the privileges of: The airline bumped me from the flight.
  5. to demote or dismiss: He was bumped from his job.
  6. to force upward; raise: Demand from abroad bumped the price of corn.
  7. to move to a new position: We had to bump your story to next week's paper.
  8. Digital Technology. to move (an online post or thread) to the top of the reverse chronological list by adding a new comment or post to the thread: I bumped the question I posted last week to make it more visible.
  9. Poker. raise(def 24).
verb (used without object)
  1. to come in contact or collide with (often followed by against or into): She bumped into me.
  2. to bounce along; proceed in a series of jolts: The old car bumped down the road.
  3. to dance by thrusting the pelvis forward abruptly, in a provocative manner, especially to the accompaniment of an accented musical beat.Compare grind(def 14).
  4. to boil with violent jolts caused by the sudden eruption of large bubbles through the surface.
noun
  1. an act or instance of bumping; collision; blow.
  2. the shock of a blow or collision.
  3. a swelling or contusion from a blow.
  4. a small area raised above the level of the surrounding surface; protuberance: He tripped over a bump on the sidewalk.
  5. Informal. a promotion or demotion; transfer to a higher or lower level: He got a bump to vice president of the company.
  6. Informal. an increase in amount, especially of salary or a wager: He asked the boss for a ten-dollar bump.
  7. Aeronautics. a rapidly rising current of air that gives an airplane a severe upward thrust.
  8. a dance movement in which the pelvis is abruptly thrust forward in a provocative manner, especially to the accompaniment of an accented musical beat.Compare grind(def 20).
  9. Mining. crump(def 6).
Verb Phrases
  1. bump into, Informal. to meet by chance: I bumped into an old friend yesterday.
  2. bump off, Slang. to kill, especially to murder: They bumped him off because he knew too much.

Origin of bump

First recorded in 1560–70; imitative
Related formsbump·ing·ly, adverbun·bumped, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bumps

Historical Examples

  • They cease for a moment As the rattling clangor Of the trolley Bumps by.

    Spectra

    Arthur Ficke

  • Bumps, and a sale arterwards of new-wrecked timber on the beach.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw

    George Manville Fenn

  • From which it may be inferred that Mr. Bumps was something of a character.

    The Motor Boys

    Clarence Young

  • Bumps must go and ask cook for some; she'll always give her anything.

    Jill's Red Bag

    Amy Le Feuvre

  • "You ought not to have let Bumps go," said Miss Webb sharply.

    Jill's Red Bag

    Amy Le Feuvre


British Dictionary definitions for bumps

bump

verb
  1. (when intr , usually foll by against or into) to knock or strike with a jolt
  2. (intr often foll by along) to travel or proceed in jerks and jolts
  3. (tr) to hurt by knockinghe bumped his head on the ceiling
  4. (tr) to knock out of place; dislodgethe crash bumped him from his chair
  5. (tr) British to throw (a child) into the air, one other child holding each limb, and let him down again to touch the ground
  6. (in rowing races, esp at Oxford and Cambridge) to catch up with and touch (another boat that started a fixed distance ahead)
  7. cricket to bowl (a ball) so that it bounces high on pitching or (of a ball) to bounce high when bowled
  8. (intr) mainly US and Canadian to dance erotically by thrusting the pelvis forward (esp in the phrase bump and grind)
  9. (tr) poker to raise (someone)
  10. (tr) informal to exclude a ticket-holding passenger from a flight as a result of overbooking
  11. (tr) informal to displace (someone or something) from a previously allocated positionthe story was bumped from the front page
  12. bump uglies US slang to have sexual intercourse
noun
  1. an impact; knock; jolt; collision
  2. a dull thud or other noise from an impact or collision
  3. the shock of a blow or collision
  4. a lump on the body caused by a blow
  5. a protuberance, as on a road surface
  6. any of the natural protuberances of the human skull, said by phrenologists to indicate underlying faculties and character
  7. a rising current of air that gives an aircraft a severe upward jolt
  8. (plural) the act of bumping a child. See sense 5
  9. rowing the act of bumpingSee bumping race
  10. bump ball cricket a ball that bounces into the air after being hit directly into the ground by the batsman

Word Origin

C16: probably of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bumps

bump

n.

1590s, "protuberance caused by a blow;" 1610s as "a dull, solid blow;" see bump (v.). The dancer's bump and grind attested from 1940.

bump

v.

1560s, "to bulge out;" 1610s, "to strike heavily," perhaps from Scandinavian, probably echoic, original sense was "hitting" then of "swelling from being hit." Also has a long association with obsolete bum "to make a booming noise," which perhaps influenced surviving senses such as bumper crop, for something full to the brim (see bumper). To bump into "meet" is from 1880s; to bump off "kill" is 1908 in underworld slang. Related: Bumped; bumping. Bumpsy (adj.) was old slang for "drunk" (1610s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with bumps

bump

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