- a person or thing that bumps.
- a metal guard, usually horizontal, for protecting the front or rear of an automobile, truck, etc.
- any protective rim, guard, pad, or disk for absorbing shock and preventing damage from bumping, as a rubber-tipped doorstop or an old tire on the side of a boat.
- a cup or glass filled to the brim, as with beer.
- Informal. something unusually large.
- a person who molds bricks by hand.
- Foundry. a machine for ramming sand into a mold.
- a carangid fish, Chlorosombrus chrysurus, of southern U.S. and Cuban coastal seas.
- Television Slang. a brief announcement about a news story to be covered later in the programming.
- unusually abundant: Bumper crops reaped a big profit for local farmers.
- to fill to the brim.
Origin of bumper1
- the unconsumed end of a cigarette; cigarette butt.
Origin of bumper2
Examples from the Web for bumper
Bumper stickers proclaiming “Gitmo Saves Lives” can be purchased at keepamericasafe.com for $5.The Next Dick
September 2, 2011
Bumper stickers have even been printed that say "No to the murtazeqa," beside a silhouette of a man wearing a yellow hardhat.Libya's Hysteria Over African Mercenaries
March 6, 2011
She made a dive for Bumper, and caught him by the fore paws.
Bumper stopped talking while his brothers looked in amazement at him.
Bumper was taken to the street corner with Fluffy, Dimples and Pickles.
Then she dropped her doll, and sprang forward to Bumper's rescue.
Bumper was sure then that she intended to take him along with Jimsy; but no!
- 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
- a glass, tankard, etc, filled to the brim, esp as a toast
- an unusually large or fine example of something
- unusually large, fine, or abundanta bumper crop
- (tr) to toast with a bumper
- (tr) to fill to the brim
- (intr) to drink bumpers
- Australian old-fashioned, informal a cigarette end
Word Origin and History for bumper
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).