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 off

bump off


(tr, adverb) slang to murder; kill


/ (bʌmp) /



Word Origin for bump

C16: probably of imitative origin

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

bump off

Kill, murder, as in The convict bragged about bumping off his partner, or The first fighter plane bumped off three enemy aircraft. This term was at first principally criminal slang and somewhat later military jargon. [Slang; c. 1900]


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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