Definition of hump in English:

hump

noun

  • 1A rounded protuberance found on the back of a camel or other animal or as an abnormality on a person's back.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Indian waters the marine mammals display spotted skin and grow smaller humps.’
    • ‘These adverse events include acne, easy bruising, moon face, swollen ankles, hirsutism, buffalo hump, and skin striae.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He snorted indignantly, and walked away across the tram rails, his hump quivering with rage.’
    • ‘During such times they live mainly off the fat stored in their humps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The people of Arabia used to cut off the humps of camels or the fat part of the sheep while still alive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The older members of the herd have full sets of antlers and prominent wooly humps, but they only walk.’
    • ‘Before beginning to walk, a baby with achondroplasia often develops a small hump on his upper back.’
    • ‘His body was hunched over painfully, creating a hump at the back of his neck.’
    • ‘Instead of a dorsal fin they have a prominent dorsal hump about two-thirds of the way down their back.’
    • ‘The other is a deformed little man with a big hump on his back and oily black hair.’
    • ‘There is often a prominent hump in front of the dorsal fin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now, instead of the point, there are two round humps separated by a trough, like a camel's hump.’
    • ‘One of this animal's distinguishing features is the saddle-like hump on its back.’
    protuberance, lump, bump, knob, protrusion, prominence, projection, bulge, swelling, hunch, nodule, node, mass, growth, outgrowth, excrescence
    tumescence, tumefaction, intumescence
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  • 2A rounded raised mass of earth or land.

    • ‘The Similans are granite humps which rise from the clear, tropical sea.’
    • ‘The smooth humps of downland suited his purpose.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are multiple humps to get over, corners to putt round, small pipes to putt through and an impossible basket to putt into.’
    • ‘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 must be something worth looking at in this huge expanse of dry puna that stretched away from us to some distant humps.’
    • ‘Field surveys were conducted to measure the heights and widths of humps.’
    • ‘Gravel pathways winding over humps in the landscape, idyllic wooden bridges crossing twinkling streams here and there, all clothed in colourful vegetation.’
    • ‘There are certainly plenty of humps and dips, including deep valleys that correspond to several mass extinctions.’
    • ‘But Mr Oswald said the breathtaking array of ditches, humps and bank was much more extensive than anyone had thought.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From here there's a breathtaking view of the whale-like humps of the hills beyond Troutbeck, on the other side of the lake.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1A mound over which railroad vehicles are pushed so as to run by gravity to the required place in a switchyard.
      • ‘A single-track hump can handle about 800 cars per shift.’
      • ‘Scheme 4 created a hump yard on the West Toronto side with the hump crest at Runnymede Road just as was the existing hump.’
      • ‘Six more tracks were also added to the classification yard, west of the hump.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

  • 1informal [with object] Lift or carry (a heavy object) with difficulty.

    ‘he continued to hump cases up and down the hotel corridor’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Heritage volunteers - many of them no longer in the prime of youth - literally humped everything up two flights of stairs in a bucket chain.’
    • ‘You really can't hump 50 lb rucksacks with a back problem, can you?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You are going to hump it around airport terminals, on and off trains and buses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I take my bag and hump it out of the front of the station where the smart double-decker coach is awaiting us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘At least I no longer have to hump the zinc bath in from the backyard.’
    • ‘Rather than just shuffle the new bottles in and let me hump them into the house, she asked me where I wanted them.’
    • ‘Huge tunas were humped off to local restaurants.’
    • ‘Personally it worked OK for me but I am reasonably fit and can hump my luggage about without too much trouble.’
    • ‘We have set up tours, got work permits, worked out hotels and humped equipment for our artists.’
    • ‘And of course we never thought that some day we might have to hump the eighteen stone up Kilimanjaro.’
    carry, lug, heave, lift, shoulder, hoist, heft, tote
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    1. 1.1[no object]Move heavily and awkwardly.
      ‘it was late morning by the time I finally humped into camp’
  • 2[with object] Make hump-shaped.

    ‘the cat humped himself into a different shape and purred’
    • ‘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.

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

hump

/həmp/