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noun Dialect.
  1. a foolish or stupid person.
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Origin of gump

First recorded in 1815–25; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for gump

Historical Examples

  • "If he was a girl, he would be a gump and a goose," said this saucy John.

    St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. V, August, 1878, No 10.


  • His family cannot determine whether he is a gump or a genius.

  • He was lying on his back at the foot of the Gump, though how he got there he could never tell.

    Cornwall's Wonderland

    Mabel Quiller-Couch

  • "Well, what a gump I was not to think of that myself," he observed.

  • He has no time to waste, but he is efficient without being a "gump."

    Huts in Hell

    Daniel A. Poling

Word Origin and History for gump


"dolt, numskull," 1825; meaning "chicken" is from 1914, U.S. thieves' slang.

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