- part of a dance step in which there is no transfer of weight.
Origin of temps
1885–90; < French: literally, time < Latin tempus
- to work as a temporary.
Origin of temp
First recorded in 1930–35; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for temps
Temps will be above freezing, making gloves no longer a necessity.The Weird Wild World of Super Bowl Betting
January 30, 2014
The following is an extract from the Temps of November 11, 1872.My Double Life
The absinthe is made, the cigarette glows, and the Temps has important news.The Inferno
Papers like the Temps called upon the government to dissolve the Confederation.Syndicalism in France
The Temps of this evening takes the same view of the proclamation.Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris
And there were a few, very few, journals who were impartial and fair to the end, among them the Libert and the Temps.My Memoirs
- a person, esp a typist or other office worker, employed on a temporary basis
- (intr) to work as a temp
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Word Origin and History for temps
1909 (adj.), 1932 (n.), American English, shortened form of temporary (job, employee, etc.).
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