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verb (used without object)
  1. to work as a temporary.

Origin of temp

First recorded in 1930–35; by shortening


  1. temperature.
  2. temporary.
  3. in the time of.

Origin of temp.

From the Latin word tempore
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British Dictionary definitions for temp


  1. a person, esp a typist or other office worker, employed on a temporary basis
  1. (intr) to work as a temp


abbreviation for
  1. temperate
  2. temperature
  3. temporary
  4. tempore

Word Origin for temp.

(for sense 4) Latin: in the time of
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Word Origin and History for temp

1909 (adj.), 1932 (n.), American English, shortened form of temporary (job, employee, etc.).

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temp in Medicine


  1. temperature
  2. temporal
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