- 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)
Origin of hump
Related Words for over the humpimproving, well, mending, convalescent, fitter, progressing, healthier, stronger
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.
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]
see over the hump.