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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The car has a big hump in the middle of the rear floor, because of the rear-wheel drive mechanism.
▪ Ahead, two small humps of islands lay stunned with light.
▪ Even with the magnification of a monocular, I can barely make out indistinct humps gliding through the darkening water.
▪ For several hours we explored the island, two humps of rock, spectacularly eroded, joined by a narrow ridge.
▪ I sat down on its rounded hump.
▪ Once the personal-computer industry gets over that hump, there will finally be speed to burn.
▪ I dismissed the watercolours and pencils, because of humping all the water bottles, brushes, and so on around.
▪ It could not have been easy to hump awkward loads up and down the wobbly death trap.
▪ It was easy duty: all paperwork, no humping, a tin roof over his head.
▪ Their cases humped upstairs and put into the bedroom, Adam looked Rufus Fletcher up in the phone book.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hump \Hump\, v. t.

  1. To form into a hump; to make hump-shaped; to hunch; -- often with up.

    The cattle were very uncomfortable, standing humped up in the bushes.
    --T. Roosvelt.

  2. To put or carry on the (humped) back; to shoulder; hence, to carry, in general. [Slang, Australia]

    Having collected a sufficient quantity, we humped it out of the bush.
    --C. L. Money.

  3. To bend or gather together for strenuous effort, as in running; to do or effect by such effort; to exert; -- usually reflexively or with it; as, you must hump yourself. [Slang, U. S.]

    A half dozen other negroes, some limping and all scared, were humping it across a meadow.
    --McClure's Mag.

  4. (Railroad) to sort freight cars by means of a hump.

  5. to engage in sexual intercourse with. [Vulgar Slang, U. S.]


Hump \Hump\ (h[u^]mp), n. [Cf. D. homp a lump, LG. hump heap, hill, stump, possibly akin to E. heap. Cf. Hunch.]

  1. A protuberance; especially, the protuberance formed by a crooked back.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) A fleshy protuberance on the back of an animal, as a camel or whale.

  3. (Railroad) a portion of a switchyard with a slanting track in which freight cars may coast without an engine and be sorted through a series of switches.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1680s (in hump-backed), from Dutch homp "lump," from Middle Low German hump "bump," from Proto-Germanic *hump-, from PIE *kemb- "to bend, turn, change, exchange." Replaced, or perhaps influenced by, crump, from Old English crump. A meaning attested from 1901 is "mound in a railway yard over which cars must be pushed," which may be behind the figurative sense of "critical point of an undertaking" (1914). Humpback whale is from 1725.


"to do the sex act with," attested from 1785, but the source of this indicates it is an older word. Meaning "to raise into a hump" is from 1840. Related: Humped; humping.


n. 1 A mound of earth. 2 A rounded mass, especially a fleshy mass such as on a camel. 3 A speed hump. 4 (rft-sense) A deformity in humans caused by abnormal curvature of the upper spine. 5 (context slang English) An act of sexual intercourse. 6 (context British slang English) A bad mood. 7 (context slang English) A painfully boorish person. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To bend something into a hump. 2 (context transitive slang English) To carry something, especially with some exertion. 3 (context intransitive slang English) To carry, especially with some exertion. 4 (context transitive intransitive English) To dry-hump. 5 (context transitive slang English) To have sex with. 6 (context intransitive slang English) To have sex.


n. something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from a form [syn: bulge, bump, gibbosity, gibbousness, jut, prominence, protuberance, protrusion, extrusion, excrescence]

  1. v. arch one's back [syn: hunch, hunch forward, hunch over]

  2. have sexual intercourse with; "This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm"; "Adam knew Eve"; "Were you ever intimate with this man?" [syn: roll in the hay, love, make out, make love, sleep with, get laid, have sex, know, do it, be intimate, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, screw, fuck, jazz, eff, lie with, bed, have a go at it, bang, get it on, bonk]


Hump or humping may refer to:

  • a buffalo's or camel's hump containing its fat reservoir, see Camel#Ecological and behavioral adaptations
  • HUMP! (film festival), an annual presentation of amateur pornography
  • The hump in a railroad Hump yard, to classify railcars by gravity
  • The Hump, a name given by WWII Allied pilots to part of the Himalayan mountains
  • Kyphosis, the curve on an upper spine that causes a hunchback
  • Speed hump
  • Chief Hump (second half of the 19th century), Miniconjou chief
  • HuMP, Hundred Metre Prominence, a classification of British hills
  • Humping, slang for sexual intercourse
    • Dry humping, a form of non-penetrative sexual activity
  • Humpin', a 1994 album by The Gap Band

Usage examples of "hump".

From the dark interior a terrific bellowing erupted, followed by the form of a slight man dressed in ragged homespun who fairly flew through the air to land in a hump in the road.

The humpback rolled over the edge, fell ten feet to the floor and lit on the hump.

Full in this rapid wake, and many fathoms in the rear, swam a huge, humped old bull, which by his comparatively slow progress, as well as by the unusual yellowish incrustations over-growing him, seemed afflicted with the jaundice, or some other infirmity.

I feel deadly faint, bowed, and humped, as though I were Adam, staggering beneath the piled centuries since Paradise.

Its dark, humped form was slumped over, looking like a shaggy, debilitated volcano.

The mouths of the men who came from it to trade were too wide, and the way their turbans were humped up in two points above their foreheads was in especially bad taste.

Uneasiness rustled through the taverns along that waterfront, and after a while the dark widemouthed merchants with humped turbans and short feet clumped steathily ashore to seek the bazaars of the jewellers.

So Carter inferred that the merchants of the humped turbans, hearing of his daring search for the Great Ones in their castle of Kadath, had decided to take him away and deliver him to Nyarlathotep for whatever nameless bounty might be offered for such a prize.

The one who lusts after Athena so much that he humped her thigh just as this dog would if the dog had no manners.

Infrared imagery showed hot buildings and cold corpses and the motion of equally cold humped and headless creatures who were doing the killing.

A vague amorphous shape the size of a hippopotamus, it humped and oozed along in the absence of legs or cilia, making slow but inevitable progress toward a nondestination.

The strange hut he had seen in the carving now stood before him, long and humped, the huge bones and long tusks comprising its framework visible between gaps in the thick, umber fur-skins clothing it.

The trader track would fade before long, he recalled, the dyke on his right dwindling, the road itself becoming a sandy swath humped with ant nests, bone-white driftwood and yellow knots of grass, with floods wiping the ruts away every spring.

A central firepit and humped clay bread-oven was directly before them, radiating heat.

He nudged his horse forward, down the wide trader road as it wound between groves and across gently humped glades.