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[ruhmp] /rʌmp/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English rumpe < Scandinavian; compare Danish, Norwegian, Swedish rumpe rump, tail; cognate with German Rumpf body, trunk
Related forms
rumpless, adjective Unabridged
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  • There was usually a rump steak and potatoes, bread and "creamery" butterine, and the inevitable New England doughnuts.

  • Take four or five pounds of the middle of the rump, the flank or the round.

  • This is distinguishable from the foregoing species by its smaller size, and in having the rump velvety black instead of crimson.

  • Ye ride sae near the rump, ye'll let nane loup on ahint you.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • Gaines slid an instrument back into the pouch of his suit, and patted the robot's rump.

    The Small World of M-75 Ed M. Clinton, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for 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
Derived Forms
rumpless, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Scandinavian; compare Danish rumpe, Icelandic rumpr, German Rumpf trunk of the body
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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