- any playing card of a suit that for the time outranks the other suits, such a card being able to take any card of another suit.
- Often trumps.(used with a singular verb)the suit itself.
- Informal. a fine person; brick.
- Cards. to take with a trump.
- to excel; surpass; outdo.
- to play a trump.
- to take a trick with a trump.
- trump up, to devise deceitfully or dishonestly, as an accusation; fabricate: Try as they might, they were unable to trump up a convincing case against him.
Origin of trump1
Related Words for trump upforge, concoct, fabricate, create, produce, fix, manipulate, falsify, mislead, misstate, distort, misinterpret, confuse, exaggerate, overstate, skew, disguise, visualize, develop, envision
- (tr, adverb) to concoct or invent (a charge, accusation, etc) so as to deceive or implicate someone
- Also called: trump card
- any card from the suit chosen as trumps
- this suit itself; trumps
- Also called: trump card a decisive or advantageous move, resource, action, etc
- informal a fine or reliable person
- to play a trump card on (a suit, or a particular card of a suit, that is not trumps)
- (tr) to outdo or surpass
Word Origin for trump
- a trumpet or the sound produced by one
- the last trump the final trumpet call that according to the belief of some will awaken and raise the dead on the Day of Judgment
- (intr) to produce a sound upon or as if upon the trumpet
- (tr) to proclaim or announce with or as if with a fanfare
- (intr) British slang to expel intestinal gas through the anus
Word Origin for trump
"playing card of a suit ranking above others," 1520s, alteration of triumph, name of a card game.
"fabricate, devise," 1690s, from trump "deceive, cheat" (1510s), from Middle English trumpen (late 14c.), from Old French tromper "deceive," of uncertain origin, perhaps from a verb meaning "to blow a trumpet." Related: Trumped; trumping. Trumped up "false, concocted" first recorded 1728.
"trumpet," c.1300, from Old French trompe "long, tube-like musical wind instrument" (12c.), cognate with Provençal tromba, Italian tromba, all probably from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German trumpa and Old Norse trumba "trumpet"), of imitative origin.
"surpass, beat," 1580s, from trump (n.). Related: Trumped; trumping.
Concoct fraudulently, fabricate, as in They trumped up a charge of conspiracy, or She had trumped up another excuse for not doing the work. This expression, first recorded in 1695, uses trump in the sense of “devise fraudulently,” a usage otherwise obsolete.
In addition to the idioms beginning with trump
- trump card
- trump up
- hold all the aces (trumps)
- turn up trumps