Definition of


  1. (noun, state) a lump on the body caused by a blow
  2. (noun, shape) something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings
    the hump of a camel
    he stood on the rocky prominence
    the occipital protuberance was well developed
    the bony excrescence between its horns
  3. (noun, event) an impact (as from a collision)
  4. (verb, contact) knock against with force or violence
  5. (verb, possession) come upon, as if by accident; meet with
    I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here
    She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day
  6. (verb, motion) dance erotically or dance with the pelvis thrust forward
  7. (verb, social) assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
    He was broken down to Sergeant
  8. (verb, contact) remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Bump

  1. 1610s, verb and noun, perhaps from Scandinavian, probably echoic, original sense was "hitting" then of "swelling from being hit." Also has a long association with obsolete bum "to make a booming noise," which perhaps influenced surviving senses like bumper crop, for something full to the brim. To bump into "meet" is from 1880s; to bump off "kill" is … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Bump

baffin bay, bamboo, banff, benumb, bimbo, bomb, bomb up, bombay, bombie, bone up, bonobo, bumf, bump off, bump up, bumph, bumpy

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