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bumper

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[ buhm-per ]
/ ˈbʌm pər /
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noun

adjective

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

verb (used with object)

to fill to the brim.

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Origin of bumper

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

Definition for bumper (2 of 2)

bumper2
[ 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 (1 of 3)

bumper1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for bumper (2 of 3)

bumper2
/ (ˈbʌmpə) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for bumper (3 of 3)

bumper3
/ (ˈbʌmpə) /

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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