verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)



    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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Contemporary Examples of dumping

Historical Examples of dumping

  • I want to break off with her first and not leave her all the glory of dumping me.

  • Dumping him into the car, Joe mounted hastily and drove off.

    The Burning Spear

    John Galsworthy

  • For several days, the south of England was a dumping ground—from somewhere.

  • It's dumping a chap in real playing that shows you what's wanted.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • A rotating brush was used to keep the belt clean at the dumping end.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

British Dictionary definitions for dumping




to drop, fall, or let fall heavily or in a mass
(tr) to empty (objects or material) out of a container
to unload, empty, or make empty (a container), as by tilting or overturning
(tr) informal to dispose of
(tr) to dispose of (waste, esp radioactive nuclear waste) in the sea or on land
  1. to market (goods) in bulk and at low prices
  2. to offer for sale large quantities of (goods) on foreign markets at low prices in order to maintain a high price in the home market and obtain a share of the foreign markets
(tr) to store (supplies, arms, etc) temporarily
(intr) slang, mainly US to defecate
(tr) surfing (of a wave) to hurl a swimmer or surfer down
(tr) Australian and NZ to compact (bales of wool) by hydraulic pressure
(tr) computing to record (the contents of part or all of the memory) on a storage device, such as magnetic tape, at a series of points during a computer run


  1. a place or area where waste materials are dumped
  2. (in combination)rubbish dump
a pile or accumulation of rubbish
the act of dumping
informal a dirty or unkempt place
military a place where weapons, supplies, etc, are stored
slang, mainly US an act of defecation
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




obsolete a mournful song; lament

Word Origin for dump

C16: see damp
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Word Origin and History for dumping



early 14c., "throw down or fall with force," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish dumpe, Norwegian dumpa "to fall suddenly"). The sense of "unload en masse" is first recorded in American English 1784. That of "discard, abandon" is from 1919. Related: Dumped; dumping. Dump truck is from 1930.



"place where refuse is dumped," 1865, originally of mining operations, from dump (v.). Meaning "any shabby place" is from 1899. Meaning "act of defecating" is from 1942.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for dumping


The sale of goods of one nation in the markets of a second nation at less than the price charged within the first nation. Dumping can eliminate competitors by undercutting their prices.

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