Main definitions of temp in English

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noun

informal
  • A temporary employee, typically an office worker who finds employment through an agency.

    • ‘There were about thirty of us - cleaners, security guards, post room employees and temps.’
    • ‘And since the agency pays the temp, you don't have to concern yourself with rising costs of unemployment rates or with payroll deductions.’
    • ‘Past employment as an in-house temp or other is also statistically significant in predicting a lower probability of home ownership.’
    • ‘After failing to land a job as a journalist, and brief stints as an office temp and clerk typist, Bass was demoralized and returned to North Carolina.’
    • ‘So we hired a temp from this agency that supposedly specializes in temps who respect diversity and can handle working in places like ours.’
    • ‘We are giving young temp workers a platform to express their unheard voices.’
    • ‘The employment conditions for the temps - who have to wear orange badges to distinguish them from blue-badged permanent employees - are strikingly different.’
    • ‘I was going for an interview with a temp agency, and I'd just typed up my resume, including my work history.’
    • ‘For a brief time, a few years ago, I was employed as a temp at the Public Trust Office, one of the grey government monoliths that no one notices in Central London.’
    • ‘But an office full of temps contains all manner of other, hidden costs.’
    • ‘In July, the company said it had 70 permanent employees and 30 temps.’
    • ‘Three employees and a temp are thought to have been evacuated but cannot be located by the company.’
    • ‘Anna, 21 and a single mother of two, was working as a temp at a nursing agency when she signed up for benefits.’
    • ‘Agency temps have the lowest rates of all employment categories.’
    • ‘Keep all your tickets and passes in the envelope they came in, and let the appropriate temp employees sort through it as needed.’
    • ‘She registered with a temp agency, determined to land a position in development.’
    • ‘And hiring through a temp agency doesn't protect you from litigation.’
    • ‘I then started work at Deep Sea World as an office temp, initially for three weeks.’
    • ‘The next day, he finds Kris as his new personal temp.’
    • ‘I'd highly recommend signing up with a few temp agencies.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Work as a temporary employee.

    ‘Suzanne was temping as a secretary’
    • ‘While temping at a hedge fund, an unregulated investment pool with lofty fees and million-dollar investment minimums, I accepted a full-time position.’
    • ‘Since then I've been temping, taken part in the grape harvesting in Champagne, done voluntary work in Namibia, and I'm currently working as a waiter in Switzerland.’
    • ‘When I started my site I was unemployed or temping as a secretarial assistant in London.’
    • ‘When I was 16 I got a job temping for Swindon Town Council.’
    • ‘I'm temping for a company, basically doing data entry.’
    • ‘I'm taking a week off from temping (if not more) to work on freelance work - hopefully I'll make some money on it this month.’
    • ‘The main increase in temp work has been in fixed-term contracts, which form about half of all temporary employment and agency temping.’
    • ‘I took on bits of jobs - temping, writing - anything I could drop at a moment's notice to head up the motorway if necessary, but even then Mum was resistant to change.’
    • ‘I drifted into banking and insurance by accident when I took a year off between my first and second year at university and ended up temping at a large medical insurer that was a major local employer.’
    • ‘I spent the next six years doing more temping.’
    • ‘Last summer I wrote about the farm, then I wrote about temping.’
    • ‘Many of them are temping until they find something more permanent, and what they're doing at the moment doesn't pay particularly well.’
    • ‘With temping, there is no personnel department telling you how you can make plans based on how many vacation days you have left.’
    • ‘Mr Cassidy, who is currently temping, said: ‘Rewarding hard work is the best way to inspire determination and commitment.’’
    • ‘From temping in a job with no responsibility, prospects or even daily duties, I'm now editing a magazine about management theory and its impact on emerging markets.’
    • ‘Here, she plays Charlotte, a woman drifting through life, walking dogs, temping and working as a doctor's receptionist as she yearns to be a dress designer.’
    • ‘A few summers ago, when I was still temping and the weather was scorching the city, causing blackouts and other horrors, I decided to take a few days for myself and not work.’
    • ‘Here in Edinburgh, I'm temping at a place that provides emergency alarms for elderly people.’
    • ‘When I quit the farm I started temping and have done so ever since but never for more than a few weeks at a time and for various agencies.’
    • ‘In these three years I've had nine jobs, including part time, temping and other.’

Origin

1930s (originally US): abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

temp

/tɛmp/

Main definitions of temp in English

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  • Temperature.

    ‘went swimming—temp 73 degrees!’
    ‘January temps are as high as 35°C’
    • ‘Crucial, all important detail: during this entire time, the temps were over 90 degrees, with 80% humidity.’
    • ‘Am I right in saying that an increase in temps could make the jetstream move?’
    • ‘Generally speaking the models are in conflict when small changes in temps / air mass have large effects, making it hard to know what is most likely to happen.’
    • ‘The water temp is 41 degrees Fahrenheit, and the air temp is about 50.’
    • ‘If the air temperature was 90 degrees, the artificial-turf temp was 145 degrees or more.’
    • ‘Dehydration, high body temperatures (some report temps over 106 degrees!), and increased heart rate are all common negative effects.’
    • ‘I remembered Jeremy's advice: 330 degrees is the target temp.’
    • ‘The temps jumped 20 degrees, and the miserable dank week before was forgotten.’
    • ‘During the day and into their growth and blooming period they like temps between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.’
    • ‘The ambient air temperature was about 31 degrees and the track temp was about 46 degrees’
    • ‘Near perfect summertime weather hit with the temps in the mid 80s and the humidity staying somewhat in check.’
    • ‘In winter, mountaineers can ski in, but storms and sub-zero temps make this one for the experienced adventurer.’
    • ‘A daytime temp of around 65 degrees and nights around 60 degrees will provide perfect conditions for your poinsettia.’
    • ‘Most turf grasses need ground temps of at least 60 degree F to germinate and depending on variety or type you pick may germinate in as little as five days to a month or more.’
    • ‘The store is still under heavy construction, and the ambient temp is about 47 degrees.’
    • ‘Over the period of a month or so, the temp kept creeping up even though the room temperature is maintained relatively constant.’
    • ‘But get here in June, when temps average a blissful 80 degrees, and you'll have the hiking trails, dive spots, and white-sand beaches to yourself.’
    • ‘This reduced the CPU temp to almost room temperature.’
    • ‘Your geranium will do best if the day time temps are around 65 degrees with night temperature around 55.’
    • ‘The temp is minus 5 degrees Celsius and the wind is in our face the rest of the day as we ski often where ptarmigans, moose and reindeer make the only other tracks.’
    feverishness, high temperature, febricity, febrility
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Pronunciation:

temp

/tɛmp/