- 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
Related Words for trumpingoutdo, overtake, precedence, prevalence, influence, supremacy, leeway, utility, prestige, wealth, profit, improvement, avail, favor, asset, dominance, resources, boon, choice, protection
Examples from the Web for trumping
Contemporary Examples of trumping
Bombast was trumping originality and critics were at the end of their ropes with it.A ‘Wicked’ Decade: How a Critically Trashed Musical Became a Long-Running Smash
October 30, 2013
"Yes, but it wasn't just about trumping people's expectations," wrote Homeland executive producer Alex Gansa in an email.Why ‘Homeland,’ ‘Spartacus,’ and ‘Louie’ Explode TV Viewers’ Expectations
November 12, 2012
Historical Examples of trumping
Trumping your partner's trick to put the lead through the strong hand.The Laws of Euchre
H. C. Leeds
"All the night," she said, trumping what her mistress had alleged.The Gold-Seekers
Trump Ilyin's instead: what would be the use of trumping mine?A Russian Proprietor
Lyof N. Tolstoi
I wish to ascertain exactly in what measure the witness has been concerned in trumping up this charge against me.Peccavi
E. W. Hornung
You accused me of trumping up a designing untrue story of my life when I first met you, for the purpose of winning your sympathy.Great Porter Square, v. 3
Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
- 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