[ huhmp ]
/ hʌmp /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


    over the hump, past the most difficult, time-consuming, or dangerous part or period: The doctor says she's over the hump now and should improve steadily.

Origin of hump

First recorded in 1700–10; probably abstracted from humpbacked

Related forms

hump·er, nounhump·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for hump


/ (hʌmp) /



Derived Forms

humplike, adjective

Word Origin for hump

C18: probably from earlier humpbacked
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Idioms and Phrases with hump


see over the hump.

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