- a strap or sling passed around the chest or forehead to help support a pack carried on a person's back.
Origin of tumpline
1790–1800; tump (earlier mattump, metomp < Southern New England Algonquian < proto-Eastern Algonquian *mat- empty root appearing in names of manufactured objects + *-a·pəy string) + line1
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Examples from the Web for tumpline
- (in the US and Canada, esp formerly) a leather or cloth band strung across the forehead or chest and attached to a pack or load in order to support itAlso called: tump
C19: from tump, of Algonquian origin + line 1; compare Abnaki mádǔmbi pack strap