hump

[huhmp]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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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Related Words for over the hump

improving, well, mending, convalescent, fitter, progressing, healthier, stronger

British Dictionary definitions for over the hump

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 over the hump

hump

n.

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.

hump

v.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with over the hump

over the hump

Past the most difficult part, as in She's over the hump with her dissertation; she'll soon be done. This expression alludes to a barrier that impedes progress. [Colloquial; 1920s]

hump

see over the hump.

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