- 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
- a trumpet.
- its sound.
- to blow a trumpet.
Origin of trump2
Examples from the Web for trumped
Contemporary Examples of trumped
The depositions of other officers suggested that the “property damage” charges were not just bizarre, but trumped up.The Day Ferguson Cops Were Caught in a Bloody Lie
August 15, 2014
The answer was to ensure that individual liberty was not trumped by religion or government or corporations.The Supreme Court Turns the First Amendment Into a Weapon for Corporations
July 8, 2014
The DOJ disagrees, saying that these are existing procedures in place that are not trumped by the Farm Bill.Kentucky Tells Feds: Hands Off Our Hemp!
May 21, 2014
No issue better captures the dysfunction of Washington than the trumped up debate over the Keystone XL pipeline.Keystone Pipeline Is D.C.’s Dumbest Debate
May 12, 2014
It explains why a trumped up story of online vitriol—we are, mind you, talking about Jeopardy!Inside the Misunderstood Mind of Jeopardy! Champ Arthur Chu, Who Is Not Ruining the Show
February 24, 2014
Historical Examples of trumped
I led out my diamond ace and Armitage trumped from his hand.Competition
She trumped his best card, and, at the end of the hand, he asked her the reason why.Two Suffolk Friends
Francis Hindes Groome
Is that trumped up, farcical idea, your excuse for fighting me?Making People Happy
And so this charge against my father was trumped up to ruin him.Counsel for the Defense
They would declare I had trumped up the case to forestall my dismissal.Hilda Wade
- 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with trump
- trump card
- trump up
- hold all the aces (trumps)
- turn up trumps