hump

[huhmp]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. humorless,
  2. humorous,
  3. humorously,
  4. humour,
  5. humoursome,
  6. hump day,
  7. humpback,
  8. humpback salmon,
  9. humpback whale,
  10. humpbacked

Idioms

    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 formshump·er, nounhump·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for humping

hump

noun

a rounded protuberance or projection, as of earth, sand, etc
pathol a rounded deformity of the back in persons with kyphosis, consisting of a convex spinal curvature
a rounded protuberance on the back of a camel or related animal
the hump British informal a fit of depression or sulking (esp in the phrase it gives me the hump)
over the hump past the largest or most difficult portion of work, time, etc

verb

to form or become a hump; hunch; arch
(tr) British slang to carry or heave
slang to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
hump one's swag Australian and NZ informal (of a tramp) to carry one's belongings from place to place on one's back
Derived Formshumplike, adjective

Word Origin for hump

C18: probably from earlier humpbacked

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Word Origin and History for humping
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Idioms and Phrases with humping

hump

see over the hump.

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