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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Agency temps have the lowest rates of all employment categories.’
    • ‘We are giving young temp workers a platform to express their unheard voices.’
    • ‘There were about thirty of us - cleaners, security guards, post room employees and temps.’
    • ‘So we hired a temp from this agency that supposedly specializes in temps who respect diversity and can handle working in places like ours.’
    • ‘I was going for an interview with a temp agency, and I'd just typed up my resume, including my work history.’
    • ‘But an office full of temps contains all manner of other, hidden costs.’
    • ‘The next day, he finds Kris as his new personal temp.’
    • ‘Anna, 21 and a single mother of two, was working as a temp at a nursing agency when she signed up for benefits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Past employment as an in-house temp or other is also statistically significant in predicting a lower probability of home ownership.’
    • ‘She registered with a temp agency, determined to land a position in development.’
    • ‘I'd highly recommend signing up with a few temp agencies.’
    • ‘Three employees and a temp are thought to have been evacuated but cannot be located by the company.’
    • ‘And since the agency pays the temp, you don't have to concern yourself with rising costs of unemployment rates or with payroll deductions.’
    • ‘Keep all your tickets and passes in the envelope they came in, and let the appropriate temp employees sort through it as needed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The employment conditions for the temps - who have to wear orange badges to distinguish them from blue-badged permanent employees - are strikingly different.’
    • ‘In July, the company said it had 70 permanent employees and 30 temps.’

verb

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

    ‘Suzanne was temping as a secretary’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When I started my site I was unemployed or temping as a secretarial assistant in London.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With temping, there is no personnel department telling you how you can make plans based on how many vacation days you have left.’
    • ‘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, 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.’
    • ‘I'm temping for a company, basically doing data entry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The main increase in temp work has been in fixed-term contracts, which form about half of all temporary employment and agency temping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While temping at a hedge fund, an unregulated investment pool with lofty fees and million-dollar investment minimums, I accepted a full-time position.’
    • ‘Mr Cassidy, who is currently temping, said: ‘Rewarding hard work is the best way to inspire determination and commitment.’’
    • ‘Here in Edinburgh, I'm temping at a place that provides emergency alarms for elderly people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many of them are temping until they find something more permanent, and what they're doing at the moment doesn't pay particularly well.’
    • ‘When I was 16 I got a job temping for Swindon Town Council.’
    • ‘In these three years I've had nine jobs, including part time, temping and other.’
    • ‘Last summer I wrote about the farm, then I wrote about temping.’
    • ‘I spent the next six years doing more temping.’

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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Crucial, all important detail: during this entire time, the temps were over 90 degrees, with 80% humidity.’
    • ‘A daytime temp of around 65 degrees and nights around 60 degrees will provide perfect conditions for your poinsettia.’
    • ‘This reduced the CPU temp to almost room temperature.’
    • ‘I remembered Jeremy's advice: 330 degrees is the target temp.’
    • ‘If the air temperature was 90 degrees, the artificial-turf temp was 145 degrees or more.’
    • ‘Am I right in saying that an increase in temps could make the jetstream move?’
    • ‘Near perfect summertime weather hit with the temps in the mid 80s and the humidity staying somewhat in check.’
    • ‘The water temp is 41 degrees Fahrenheit, and the air temp is about 50.’
    • ‘The temps jumped 20 degrees, and the miserable dank week before was forgotten.’
    • ‘The store is still under heavy construction, and the ambient temp is about 47 degrees.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ambient air temperature was about 31 degrees and the track temp was about 46 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.’
    • ‘Dehydration, high body temperatures (some report temps over 106 degrees!), and increased heart rate are all common negative effects.’
    • ‘Your geranium will do best if the day time temps are around 65 degrees with night temperature around 55.’
    • ‘During the day and into their growth and blooming period they like temps between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In winter, mountaineers can ski in, but storms and sub-zero temps make this one for the experienced adventurer.’
    feverishness, high temperature, febricity, febrility
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Pronunciation:

temp

/tɛmp/