- an infectious disease characterized by inflammatory swelling of the parotid and usually other salivary glands, and sometimes by inflammation of the testes or ovaries, caused by a paramyxovirus.
Origin of mumps
- to mumble; mutter.
- to sulk; mope.
- to grimace.
Origin of mump1
- to cheat.
- to beg.
Origin of mump2
Examples from the Web for mumps
It is the family of man—because where measles and mumps and pertussis are concerned, we are all connected.Colorado’s Anti-Anti-Vaxxer Bill Gets Watered Down
April 23, 2014
It cheered him in the measles, it comforted him in the mumps.A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs
The woman who generally sees to it had mumps, and I substituted.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
His jaws looked as they may have done when he had the mumps.Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys
Silas K. Boone
One evening, he saw her again in the theatre with 'Mumps,' as she called her husband.
She laughed and called to Mumps to come and unfasten her veil.
- (functioning as singular or plural) an acute contagious viral disease of the parotid salivary glands, characterized by swelling of the affected parts, fever, and pain beneath the ear: usually affects childrenAlso called: epidemic parotitis
- (intr) archaic to be silent
- (intr) archaic to beg
Word Origin and History for mumps
type of contagious disease, c.1600, from plural of mump "a grimace" (1590s), originally a verb, "to whine like a beggar" (1580s), from Dutch mompen "to cheat, deceive," originally probably "to mumble, whine," of imitative origin. The infectious disease probably so called in reference to swelling of the salivary glands of the face and/or to painful difficulty swallowing. Mumps also was used from 17c. to mean "a fit of melancholy."
- An acute inflammatory contagious disease caused by a paramyxovirus and characterized by swelling of the salivary glands, especially the parotids, and sometimes of the pancreas, ovaries, or testes. This disease, mainly affecting children, can be prevented by vaccination.epidemic parotitis
- An infectious disease caused by a virus of the family Paramyxoviridae and the genus Rubulavirus, characterized by swelling of the salivary glands, especially the parotid glands, and sometimes of the pancreas, testes, or ovaries. Vaccinations, usually given in early childhood, confer immunity to mumps.