Origin of bump

First recorded in 1560–70; imitative

Related forms

bump·ing·ly, adverbun·bumped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bump into (1 of 2)

bump into


verb

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

British Dictionary definitions for bump into (2 of 2)

bump

/ (bʌmp) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for bump

C16: probably of imitative origin
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Idioms and Phrases with bump into (1 of 2)

bump into


1

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]

2

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

Idioms and Phrases with bump into (2 of 2)

bump


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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