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[guhmp] /gʌmp/
noun, Dialect.
a foolish or stupid person.
Origin of gump
First recorded in 1815-25; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Darker and darker grew the night, and on and on sped the gump through the black heavens.

  • He was lying on his back at the foot of the gump, though how he got there he could never tell.

    Cornwall's Wonderland Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • The empty moor stretched away on every side, the gump lay bare and desolate before him.

    Cornwall's Wonderland Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • His family cannot determine whether he is a gump or a genius.

    A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs Laurence Hutton
  • "Very well," answered the gump, and settled down upon a table of rock that stood between two cliffs.

  • "Well, what a gump I was not to think of that myself," he observed.

  • He had often ridden in the gump; but never had he been so high as this, and the distance to the ground made him nervous.

    The Woggle-Bug Book L. Frank Baum
  • All I got to say, gump, you should some day have just such a daughter!

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • The others now followed, and Tip gave the word to the gump to return.

  • "I'm delighted to hear it," replied the gump, with a slight cough.

Word Origin and History for gump

"dolt, numskull," 1825; meaning "chicken" is from 1914, U.S. thieves' slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gump



  1. A fool; dolt; knucklehead (1825+)
  2. A chicken, esp a stolen one (1899+ Hoboes)
  3. A male homosexual (1950s+ Prison)

[fr British dialect, ''fool'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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