Definition of hump in English:

hump

noun

  • 1A rounded raised mass of earth or land.

    ‘they sat on a hump of cropped grass’
    • ‘There must be something worth looking at in this huge expanse of dry puna that stretched away from us to some distant humps.’
    • ‘Gravel pathways winding over humps in the landscape, idyllic wooden bridges crossing twinkling streams here and there, all clothed in colourful vegetation.’
    • ‘The contouring of the fairways and greens is strong and the dramatic humps and hollows combined with the strategic design of the layout will present playing characteristics in a traditional links style.’
    • ‘But Mr Oswald said the breathtaking array of ditches, humps and bank was much more extensive than anyone had thought.’
    • ‘From here there's a breathtaking view of the whale-like humps of the hills beyond Troutbeck, on the other side of the lake.’
    • ‘If one were to travel past the countless monolithic factories and coal pits of the world's main continent, and onto where the equator was once, one would find a small hump of earth.’
    • ‘Field surveys were conducted to measure the heights and widths of humps.’
    • ‘The Similans are granite humps which rise from the clear, tropical sea.’
    • ‘After an overnight stay in the hut we made an early start by following a wildlife trail up a rocky hump on the east bank of the stream to the east of the hut.’
    • ‘There are certainly plenty of humps and dips, including deep valleys that correspond to several mass extinctions.’
    • ‘Thanks to a dry course, the ball landed on the downhill side of a grass hump and rolled 30 yards straight onto the green and into the cup.’
    • ‘Almost immediately, a sonar scan of the sea bed revealed a line of unnatural-looking humps, only 100 ft out from the shore - an obvious invitation to the divers.’
    • ‘The smooth humps of downland suited his purpose.’
    • ‘There are multiple humps to get over, corners to putt round, small pipes to putt through and an impossible basket to putt into.’
    1. 1.1 A mound over which railway vehicles are pushed so as to run by gravity over points to the required place in a marshalling yard.
      • ‘Six more tracks were also added to the classification yard, west of the hump.’
      • ‘Scheme 4 created a hump yard on the West Toronto side with the hump crest at Runnymede Road just as was the existing hump.’
      • ‘A single-track hump can handle about 800 cars per shift.’
      • ‘Lastly, to accommodate the increasing postwar coal business, 26 more tracks were added to the classification yard west of the hump in 1949.’
      • ‘Older hump yards utilized large numbers of ‘riders’, yardmen who rode cars to apply hand brakes as they went down the hump.’
  • 2A rounded protuberance found on the back of a camel or other animal or as an abnormality on the back of a person.

    ‘his back rose into a kind of hump at the base of the spine’
    • ‘There is often a prominent hump in front of the dorsal fin.’
    • ‘One of this animal's distinguishing features is the saddle-like hump on its back.’
    • ‘The other is a deformed little man with a big hump on his back and oily black hair.’
    • ‘He provides a sketch of a creature with the head of an elephant, a fishlike body with a camel hump, four legs like a lion, and a forked tail like a fish.’
    • ‘During such times they live mainly off the fat stored in their humps.’
    • ‘The people of Arabia used to cut off the humps of camels or the fat part of the sheep while still alive.’
    • ‘His body was hunched over painfully, creating a hump at the back of his neck.’
    • ‘He snorted indignantly, and walked away across the tram rails, his hump quivering with rage.’
    • ‘Now, instead of the point, there are two round humps separated by a trough, like a camel's hump.’
    • ‘These adverse events include acne, easy bruising, moon face, swollen ankles, hirsutism, buffalo hump, and skin striae.’
    • ‘Before beginning to walk, a baby with achondroplasia often develops a small hump on his upper back.’
    • ‘The older members of the herd have full sets of antlers and prominent wooly humps, but they only walk.’
    • ‘Aging camels may be slaughtered for their meat, especially when guests are expected for a celebration, and the fatty camel's hump is considered a delicacy.’
    • ‘The wild Bactrian camel has longer legs, lighter fur, and smaller humps than domesticated camels have.’
    • ‘An Asian camel with two humps can go only for a few days and would not last in Sinai conditions.’
    • ‘Appropriately named, the humpback chub has a small head and snout, a streamlined gray body streaked with silver, and a prominent hump along its back.’
    • ‘In Indian waters the marine mammals display spotted skin and grow smaller humps.’
    • ‘Compared to the domestic Bactrian camel, the wild Bactrian is greyer, slimmer, and has smaller sized humps spaced more widely apart.’
    • ‘They have a slender body with a low dorsal hump and no dorsal fin.’
    • ‘Instead of a dorsal fin they have a prominent dorsal hump about two-thirds of the way down their back.’
    protuberance, lump, bump, knob, protrusion, prominence, projection, bulge, swelling, hunch, nodule, node, mass, growth, outgrowth, excrescence
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verb

  • 1British informal with object and adverbial of direction Carry (a heavy object) with difficulty.

    ‘he continued to hump cases up and down the hotel corridor’
    • ‘Huge tunas were humped off to local restaurants.’
    • ‘You really can't hump 50 lb rucksacks with a back problem, can you?’
    • ‘We have set up tours, got work permits, worked out hotels and humped equipment for our artists.’
    • ‘Everything had to be humped up and down countless stairs to get into the room - tables, chairs, the dozen or more boxes of crockery, all the catering equipment, and the well-stocked bar too.’
    • ‘And the vandal humping various bags of concrete and heavy tools around in the middle of the night may also have been deterred by the sight of a uniform or two.’
    • ‘Don't be alarmed by the fat content of such food - you'll need plenty of fat, protein and carbohydrate fuel to hump your enormous pack up Mount Fuji.’
    • ‘It's very nice not to have to meet train or bus time tables, to hump baggage, nor to contend with taxi drivers taking you on a tour when your destination is just around the corner.’
    • ‘At least I no longer have to hump the zinc bath in from the backyard.’
    • ‘And of course we never thought that some day we might have to hump the eighteen stone up Kilimanjaro.’
    • ‘Removals took one full day moving to and fro between the two houses with my two sons helping to hump the heavy stuff into and out of the van.’
    • ‘Rather than just shuffle the new bottles in and let me hump them into the house, she asked me where I wanted them.’
    • ‘I don't drive, so the only way to get two big bags of compost and some plants home is to borrow a trolley and hump it up the hill!’
    • ‘You are going to hump it around airport terminals, on and off trains and buses.’
    • ‘I take my bag and hump it out of the front of the station where the smart double-decker coach is awaiting us.’
    • ‘Personally it worked OK for me but I am reasonably fit and can hump my luggage about without too much trouble.’
    • ‘I saw one group of traders run off like a startled herd, humping their bags of bags, while three police, like a pack of hunting dogs, scragged the least nimble.’
    • ‘Heritage volunteers - many of them no longer in the prime of youth - literally humped everything up two flights of stairs in a bucket chain.’
    carry, lug, heave, lift, shoulder, hoist, heft, tote
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  • 2with object Make hump-shaped.

    ‘he turned and humped his body to avoid a rope’
    • ‘Without further pause and again in silence, I hump my body up over the rock.’
    arch, curve, hunch, bend, bow, curl, crook
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  • 3vulgar slang with object Have sexual intercourse with.

  • 4usually in imperative hump offIrish informal Go away.

    • ‘Does he ever feel like telling people to just hump off?’

Phrases

  • get (or have or give someone) the hump

    • informal Become, be, or make someone annoyed or moody.

      ‘fans get the hump when they lose’
      • ‘It seems whoever got the hump and complained believed the ad implied that the driver of the car had been texting while driving, and that this encouraged people to do likewise.’
      • ‘To be honest, there was a time when I really got the hump with Spain.’
      • ‘Everything was fine as long as you never got the hump.’
      • ‘It is quite nice that people are getting the hump enough to write about it.’
      • ‘He said he did not mind her going up to see her parents and her children for days at a time, but she would get the hump when he stayed out down here for ‘more than two nights in succession.’’
      • ‘Dozens of recently installed speed bumps in a Yorkshire suburb have been ripped out and replaced after council officials got the hump over their height.’
      • ‘I got the hump so I sabotaged the tyres of the head's car by putting tin tacks in to puncture them.’
      • ‘He or she got the hump because the ad didn't make it clear that the deal included an ‘additional, compulsory delivery charge’ of £39.99.’
      • ‘I wish humans were more like that - my wife gets the hump and she won't talk to me for a week.’
      • ‘Debate has been raging about road safety, with people across London getting the hump.’
      take offence, be offended, take exception, bridle, take something personally, be aggrieved, be affronted, take something amiss, be upset, be annoyed, be angry, be indignant, get one's hackles up, be put out, be insulted, be hurt, be wounded, be piqued, be resentful, be disgruntled, get into a huff, go into a huff, get huffy
      irritate, vex, make angry, make cross, anger, exasperate, irk, gall, pique, put out, displease, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, antagonize, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles
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  • over the hump

    • Past the most difficult part of something.

      ‘now we have reached this point we are over the hump’
      • ‘‘They look like they're over the hump now,’ he says.’
      • ‘That's what got us over the hump and gave us the advantage in the first half.’
      • ‘Something like this could really get us over the hump.’
      • ‘But when I'm over the hump, rest assured I will get back to you, even if you've totally forgotten that you emailed me.’
      • ‘Local retailers will be looking to residents to help them over the hump so that everyone can be part of the bright new future this regeneration will bring.’
      • ‘Change is usually a big part of a team getting over the hump.’
      • ‘If we lose our energy, we don't have one player who can get us over the hump or even to the free throw line late in the game.’
      • ‘If we all kick in a few bucks we can help them get over the hump.’
      • ‘Then, in an instant, we are over the hump, the gray skies part, and we descend toward the lowlands.’
      • ‘But, you know, Christmas and the New Year aren't too far away and soon we'll all be over the hump.’
      over the worst part, over the worst of it, out of the woods, on the road to recovery, on the up and up, on the way up, getting better, making progress, in the clear
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Origin

Early 18th century: probably related to Low German humpe ‘hump’, also to Dutch homp, Low German humpe ‘lump, hunk (of bread)’.

Pronunciation

hump

/hʌmp/