Main definitions of mump in English

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mump1

Pronunciation /mʌmp/

noun

dialect British
  • A block of peat; a spade's depth in digging turf.

Origin

Late 18th century (in an earlier sense). Origin uncertain: perhaps alteration of lump, or perhaps a specific use of the singular form corresponding to mumps.

Main definitions of mump in English

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mump2

(also mamp, mumph)

Pronunciation /mʌmp/

verb

Scottish
  • 1To assume a demure, melancholy, or sanctimonious expression; to be silent and sullen; to sulk, mope.

  • 2To grumble, complain peevishly. Now often in "to mump and moan".

  • 3To utter indistinctly or inarticulately, as if with toothless gums; to mumble, mutter. Also with out.

Origin

Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). Apparently from an imitative base of Germanic origin. Compare Dutch mompen to mumble (rare, poetic), German †mumpfen to chew with a full mouth, Icelandic mumpa to cackle, to mutter, murmur, mumpra to eat greedily, to mumble, to distort the mouth, Norwegian regional mompe, mumpe to chew with a full mouth, stuff oneself.

Main definitions of mump in English

: mump1mump2mump3

mump3

Pronunciation /mʌmp/

verb

British
  • 1slang, dialect To beg, go about begging; to sponge upon.

  • 2slang Of a police officer: to accept a small gift or bribe in return for services.

Origin

Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). Apparently from Dutch mompen to cheat, deceive, conceal, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to mompen to mumble, though the nature of the relationship is unclear.

Pronunciation

mump

/mʌmp/