rump

[ ruhmp ]
/ rʌmp /

noun

adjective

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.

Origin of rump

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

Related forms

rump·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rump

rump

/ (rʌmp) /

noun

the hindquarters of a mammal, not including the legs
the rear part of a bird's back, nearest to the tail
a person's buttocks
Also called: rump steak a cut of beef from behind the loin and above the round
an inferior remnant

Derived Forms

rumpless, adjective

Word Origin for rump

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