verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of bump
Examples from the Web for bumping
Bumping into migrants in the desert who are thirsty, hungry, and injured has opened his “whole humanitarian side.”
Bumping along he recalled to his mind the various girls with whom he had gone to school.Dust|Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Bumping their nose into a tied lion that way—how'd they know?Tales of lonely trails|Zane Grey
I may at this point give a word of advice to a coxswain in a Bumping Race.Rowing|Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
“Bumping” is common in open boiling when the liquid is free from air bubbles and the interior of the vessel is very smooth.
Bumping over fallen trees, creaking and groaning and swaying, came the boat-wagon.Tenting To-night|Mary Roberts Rinehart
Word Origin for bump
1590s, "protuberance caused by a blow;" 1610s as "a dull, solid blow;" see bump (v.). The dancer's bump and grind attested from 1940.
1560s, "to bulge out;" 1610s, "to strike heavily," perhaps from Scandinavian, probably echoic, original sense was "hitting" then of "swelling from being hit." Also has a long association with obsolete bum "to make a booming noise," which perhaps influenced surviving senses such as bumper crop, for something full to the brim (see bumper). To bump into "meet" is from 1880s; to bump off "kill" is 1908 in underworld slang. Related: Bumped; bumping. Bumpsy (adj.) was old slang for "drunk" (1610s).
In addition to the idioms beginning with bump
- bump into
- bump off
- bump up
- goose pimples (bumps)
- like a bump on a log