"You ought not to have let bumps go," said Miss Webb sharply.
bumps, and a sale arterwards of new-wrecked timber on the beach.
Then she ran into the house, and told Jack and bumps where she was going.
From which it may be inferred that Mr. bumps was something of a character.
They did not tell Miss Falkner of their afternoon's performance, though bumps was sadly wanting to do so.
Their mother had died at bumps' birth, their father a year after.
The young man laughed, then sprang up the tree, and in another minute bumps stood on firm ground once again.
bumps trotted after Jack, but Jill betook herself to their hammock.
"Oh, do shut up, 'bumps'," Jack Everett said good-naturedly.
Meanwhile Jack and Jill were hunting high and low for bumps.
1590s, "protuberance caused by a blow;" 1610s as "a dull, solid blow;" see bump (v.). The dancer's bump and grind attested from 1940.
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).