[ duhmp ]
/ dʌmp /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. dummy variable,
  2. dumont,
  3. dumont d'urville,
  4. dumont d'urville, jules sébastien césar,
  5. dumortierite,
  6. dump bin,
  7. dump on,
  8. dump orbit,
  9. dump scow,
  10. dump truck


    dump on (someone), Informal.
    1. to attack with verbal abuse; criticize harshly: Reporters never tired of dumping on certain public figures.
    2. to unload one's problems onto (another person): You never phone me without dumping on me.

Origin of dump

1250–1300; Middle English (in sense “to fall suddenly”) < Old Norse dumpa strike, bump; modern senses as transitive v. and noun (not known before 19th cent.) perhaps < another source, or independent expressive formation

Related formsdump·er, nounun·dumped, adjective

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Examples from the Web for dumper

  • As soon as a car was dumped, the dumper would call out "clear," whereupon the motor-man would shove his train forward.

British Dictionary definitions for dumper


/ (dʌmp) /



See also dump on

Derived Formsdumper, noun

Word Origin for dump

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dumpa to fall suddenly, Middle Low German dumpeln to duck


/ (dʌmp) /


obsolete a mournful song; lament

Word Origin for dump

C16: see damp

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Word Origin and History for dumper
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