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rump

[ ruhmp ]

noun

  1. the hind part of the body of an animal, as the hindquarters of a quadruped or sacral region of a bird.
  2. a cut of beef from this part of the animal, behind the loin and above the round.
  3. the buttocks.
  4. the last part, especially that which is unimportant or inferior:

    a rump of territory.

  5. the remnant of a legislature, council, etc., after a majority of the members have resigned or been expelled.
  6. the Rump, English History. Rump Parliament.


adjective

  1. constituting a subsidiary or small group or the remnant of a once larger organization:

    Our local Shakespeare Club will hold a rump meeting at the Elizabethan Drama Teachers' convention.

rump

/ rʌmp /

noun

  1. the hindquarters of a mammal, not including the legs
  2. the rear part of a bird's back, nearest to the tail
  3. a person's buttocks
  4. Also calledrump steak a cut of beef from behind the loin and above the round
  5. an inferior remnant


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Derived Forms

  • ˈrumpless, adjective

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Other Words From

  • rumpless adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rump1

1375–1425; late Middle English rumpe < Scandinavian; compare Danish, Norwegian, Swedish rumpe rump, tail; cognate with German Rumpf body, trunk

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rump1

C15: from Scandinavian; compare Danish rumpe , Icelandic rumpr , German Rumpf trunk of the body

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Example Sentences

More unusual were the labels torn from the front of meat packages — tenderloins, rump roasts, for example — and pasted to the inside of one kitchen cabinet.

A few hundred yards from yesterday’s turnaround point, a scraggly, blond grizzly was scratching his rump on a concrete guardrail.

He called her “a silly chattering windbag, an infernal liar, a conceited, gushing, rump-wagging, blethering ass.”

Whether the vote in a rump referendum over the weekend genuinely reflected public opinion in the eastern-most regions is doubtful.

According to SEC filings, it is this rump company which will be left with liability for any crimes.

The House GOP rump is once again running the show, leaving John Boehner scrambling and donors increasingly exasperated.

The GOP today is a rump amalgamation of plutocrats and the people who service their air conditioning.

A remnant of the long parliament assembled during the anarchy, and has been termed the rump.

In the evening, bonfires were made, but nothing to the great number that was heretofore at the burning of the Rump.

The fat of the rump or tail is considered a great delicacy, and in hot climates resembles oil, and in colder, suet.

Dr. Boothroyd renders one of the foregoing passages, "the large, fat tail entire, taken clear to the rump."

The first of these characters consists in the rump being bare, on which are natural callosities peculiar to those parts.

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