- the hind part of the body of an animal, as the hindquarters of a quadruped or sacral region of a bird.
- a cut of beef from this part of the animal, behind the loin and above the round.
- the buttocks.
- the last part, especially that which is unimportant or inferior: a rump of territory.
- the remnant of a legislature, council, etc., after a majority of the members have resigned or been expelled.
- the Rump, English History. Rump Parliament.
- constituting a subsidiary or small group or the remnant of a once larger organization: Our local Shakespeare Club will hold a rump meeting at the Elizabethan Drama Teachers' convention.
Origin of rump
Examples from the Web for rump
Whether the vote in a rump referendum over the weekend genuinely reflected public opinion in the eastern-most regions is doubtful.Ukraine’s Fighting Words
May 13, 2014
According to SEC filings, it is this rump company which will be left with liability for any crimes.Rupert Murdoch Recalled to Parliament as Police Launch Investigation
July 9, 2013
The GOP today is a rump amalgamation of plutocrats and the people who service their air conditioning.Michael Tomasky: Obama Is Winning Because of the Shrinking GOP
July 15, 2012
According to tradition, that's what Oliver Cromwell told the English “rump parliament” when he dissolved it in 1653.O Brotherhood, Where Art Thou?
June 15, 2012
The rump euro zone would be stronger, and currencies can do pretty well during a crisis, depending on how the central bank reacts.Why the Euro Is Dipping So Low—and Whether We Should Care
December 14, 2011
Take a rump of beef, or about eight pounds of the brisket, and stew it till it is quite tender, in as much water as will cover it.
When legs are set shake and carefully pull skin of rump into place.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
Well hold it tight, your honour, for if it goes off it might kick me with its rump.Australia Revenged
The Miller brand, a plain Block, showed now and then upon the rump of some animal.
Subrosa kicked at the trace and flipped it up so that it struck him smartly on the rump.
- the hindquarters of a mammal, not including the legs
- the rear part of a bird's back, nearest to the tail
- a person's buttocks
- Also called: rump steak a cut of beef from behind the loin and above the round
- an inferior remnant
Word Origin and History for rump
"hind-quarters, buttocks of an animal," mid-15c., from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish, Norwegian rumpe, Swedish rumpa), from or corresponding to Middle Dutch romp, German Rumpf "trunk, torso." Sense of "small remnant" derives from "tail" and is first recorded 1640s in reference to the English Rump Parliament (December 1648-April 1653). As an adjective from c.1600.