bumper

1
[ buhm-per ]
/ ˈbʌm pər /

noun

adjective

unusually abundant: Bumper crops reaped a big profit for local farmers.

verb (used with object)

to fill to the brim.

Nearby words

  1. bump into,
  2. bump off,
  3. bump start,
  4. bump stock,
  5. bump up,
  6. bumper car,
  7. bumper guard,
  8. bumper jack,
  9. bumper pool,
  10. bumper sticker

Origin of bumper

1
First recorded in 1750–60; bump + -er1

bumper

2
[ buhm-per ]
/ ˈbʌm pər /

noun Australian Slang.

the unconsumed end of a cigarette; cigarette butt.

Origin of bumper

2
1915–20; expressive coinage, perhaps blend of butt1 and stump + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for bumper

bumper

1
/ (ˈbʌmpə) /

noun

a horizontal metal bar attached to the front or rear end of a car, lorry, etc, to protect against damage from impact
a person or machine that bumps
cricket a ball bowled so that it bounces high on pitching; bouncer

noun

a glass, tankard, etc, filled to the brim, esp as a toast
an unusually large or fine example of something

adjective

unusually large, fine, or abundanta bumper crop

verb

(tr) to toast with a bumper
(tr) to fill to the brim
(intr) to drink bumpers

Word Origin for bumper

C17 (in the sense: a brimming glass): probably from bump (obsolete vb) to bulge; see bump

noun

Australian old-fashioned, informal a cigarette end

Word Origin for bumper

C19: perhaps from a blend of butt 1 and stump

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Word Origin and History for bumper

bumper

n.

1670s, "glass filled to the brim;" perhaps from notion of bumping as "large," or from a related sense of "booming" (see bump (v.)). Meaning "anything unusually large" is from 1759, slang. Agent-noun meaning "buffer of a car" is from 1839, American English, originally in reference to railway cars; 1901 of automobiles (in phrase bumper-to-bumper, in reference to a hypothetical situation; of actual traffic jams by 1908).

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