1A rounded raised mass of earth or land.
- ‘they sat on a hump of cropped grass’
- 1.1A mound over which railroad vehicles are pushed so as to run by gravity over points to the required place in a switchyard.
2A rounded protuberance on the back of a camel or other animal or as an abnormality on the back of a person.
protuberance, lump, bump, knob, protrusion, prominence, projection, bulge, swelling, hunch, nodule, node, mass, growth, outgrowth, excrescenceView synonyms
- ‘his back rose into a kind of hump at the base of the spine’
1British informal with object and adverbial of direction Lift or carry (a heavy object) with difficulty.
carry, lug, heave, lift, shoulder, hoist, heft, toteView synonyms
- ‘he continued to hump cases up and down the hotel corridor’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Heritage volunteers - many of them no longer in the prime of youth - literally humped everything up two flights of stairs in a bucket chain.’
- ‘At least I no longer have to hump the zinc bath in from the backyard.’
- ‘Personally it worked OK for me but I am reasonably fit and can hump my luggage about without too much trouble.’
- ‘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!’
- ‘I take my bag and hump it out of the front of the station where the smart double-decker coach is awaiting us.’
- ‘Huge tunas were humped off to local restaurants.’
- ‘You are going to hump it around airport terminals, on and off trains and buses.’
- ‘Rather than just shuffle the new bottles in and let me hump them into the house, she asked me where I wanted them.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And of course we never thought that some day we might have to hump the eighteen stone up Kilimanjaro.’
- ‘You really can't hump 50 lb rucksacks with a back problem, can you?’
- 1.1no object Move heavily and awkwardly.
- ‘it was late morning by the time I finally humped into camp’
2with object Make hump-shaped.‘the cat humped himself into a different shape and purred’
arch, curve, hunch, bend, bow, curl, crookView synonyms
- ‘Without further pause and again in silence, I hump my body up over the rock.’
3vulgar slang with object Have sex with.
- over the hump
Over the worst or most difficult part of something.‘now we have reached this point we are 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.’
- ‘If we all kick in a few bucks we can help them get over the hump.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That's what got us over the hump and gave us the advantage in the first half.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Something like this could really get us over the hump.’
- ‘‘They look like they're over the hump now,’ he says.’
- ‘Change is usually a big part of a team getting over the hump.’
Early 18th century probably related to Low German humpe ‘hump’, also to Dutch homp, Low German humpe ‘lump, hunk (of bread)’.