Nearby words

  1. bumfuzzle,
  2. bumkin,
  3. bummalo,
  4. bummaree,
  5. bummer,
  6. bump into,
  7. bump off,
  8. bump start,
  9. bump stock,
  10. bump up

Origin of bump

First recorded in 1560–70; imitative

Related formsbump·ing·ly, adverbun·bumped, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bump into

bump into


(intr, preposition) informal to meet by chance; encounter unexpectedly


/ (bʌmp) /



Word Origin for bump

C16: probably of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for bump into
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Idioms and Phrases with bump into

bump into


Also, bump against. Collide, come in contact with; same as bang into. For example, It's easy to bump into furniture in the dark. [Mid-1800s]


Encounter, meet by chance, as in While I was downtown, I bumped into George. [Colloquial; 1880s] Also see run into.


In addition to the idioms beginning with bump

  • bump into
  • bump off
  • bump up

also see:

  • goose pimples (bumps)
  • like a bump on a log
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