Definition of hump in English:


Pronunciation /həmp/

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  • 1A rounded raised mass of earth or land.

    • ‘they sat on a hump of cropped grass’
    1. 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.

    • ‘his back rose into a kind of hump at the base of the spine’
    protuberance, lump, bump, knob, protrusion, prominence, projection, bulge, swelling, hunch, nodule, node, mass, growth, outgrowth, excrescence
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  • 1British informal with object and adverbial of direction Lift or carry (a heavy object) with difficulty.

    • ‘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?’
    carry, lug, heave, lift, shoulder, hoist, heft, tote
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    1. 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’
    • ‘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 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)’.