- a low, rounded rise of ground; hummock.
- a mountain or mountain range.
- an act or instance of coitus.
- a partner in coitus.
- British Slang. a fit of depression or bad humor: to get the hump.
- (initial capital letter) (in World War II) the Himalayas.
verb (used with object)
- to place or bear on the back or shoulder.
- to carry or haul.
- to load or unload; lift.
verb (used without object)
- hump day,
- humpback salmon,
- humpback whale,
Origin of hump
Examples from the Web for hump
Diplomatic dispatches at the time, written by men who had no reason to lie to their own rulers, reported no hump or withered arm.
Also 2004: John Kerry kept it close but never got over the hump.Barack Obama’s Cockiness Problem in His Contest With Mitt Romney|Michael Tomasky|April 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Despite 20 years of cycling between expectation and disappointment, I hump along with that aim in mind.
In the former Bill Hurt longed to hump you and in the latter a large dog did just that in your role as an animal trainer.
Of course, not even a new Contract With America may be enough to help Republicans over the hump in 2010.
Our party made this specimen "hump himself," as the conductor said.Roughing It|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
“And yet I am all here, Hump,” he wrote with a final flourish.The Sea-Wolf|Jack London
The hump of the camel may also be said to contain a store of food.Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon|Robert A. Sterndale
A horse slept on three legs, in front of it, and a Hindu sat upon the seat like a hump on an elongated camel.The Pacific Triangle|Sydney Greenbie
At its junction with the body a hump rises, which we whalers call the bunch of the neck.Old Jack|W.H.G. Kingston
Word Origin for hump
1680s (in hump-backed), from Dutch homp "lump," from Middle Low German hump "bump," from Proto-Germanic *hump-, from PIE *kemb- "to bend, turn, change, exchange." Replaced, or perhaps influenced by, crump, from Old English crump. A meaning attested from 1901 is "mound in a railway yard over which cars must be pushed," which may be behind the figurative sense of "critical point of an undertaking" (1914). Humpback whale is from 1725.
"to do the sex act with," attested from 1785, but the source of this indicates it is an older word. Meaning "to raise into a hump" is from 1840. Related: Humped; humping.
see over the hump.