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

Origin of temp

First recorded in 1930–35; by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for temping


  1. a person, esp a typist or other office worker, employed on a temporary basis
  1. (intr) to work as a temp
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Word Origin and History for temping


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

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