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bumper1

[buhm-per] /ˈbʌm pər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that bumps.
2.
a metal guard, usually horizontal, for protecting the front or rear of an automobile, truck, etc.
3.
any protective rim, guard, pad, or disk for absorbing shock and preventing damage from bumping, as a rubber-tipped doorstop or an old tire on the side of a boat.
4.
a cup or glass filled to the brim, as with beer.
5.
Informal. something unusually large.
6.
a person who molds bricks by hand.
7.
Foundry. a machine for ramming sand into a mold.
8.
a carangid fish, Chlorosombrus chrysurus, of southern U.S. and Cuban coastal seas.
9.
Television Slang. a brief announcement about a news story to be covered later in the programming.
adjective
10.
unusually abundant:
Bumper crops reaped a big profit for local farmers.
verb (used with object)
11.
to fill to the brim.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; bump + -er1

bumper2

[buhm-per] /ˈbʌm pər/
noun, Australian Slang.
1.
the unconsumed end of a cigarette; cigarette butt.
Origin
1915-20; expressive coinage, perhaps blend of butt1 and stump + -er1
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Examples from the web for bumper
  • They have whistles inaudible to humans that attach to your bumper to scare deer out of your way.
  • The invention can do better for rear impacts because the rear bumper can stick out farther than a side bumper.
  • Hot sunlight can't help but glint from a bumper and produce a faint reflection of the windshield on a garage door.
  • There are usually throngs of people and bumper-to-bumper traffic.
  • We all had a friendly chuckle over it, and for fixing the typo he rewarded us with a bumper sticker.
  • Wildlife thrived on the trees, which each year produced bumper crops of nuts.
  • As for feeding the planet, wheat and corn are bumper crops only for temperate regions.
  • Again, the ads have retreated after a bumper election month.
  • He wears his partisan labels proudly, as bumper stickers of honor.
  • We've all had that feeling of coming out the parking lot to discover someone's bashed your bumper or dinged your door.
British Dictionary definitions for bumper

bumper1

/ˈbʌmpə/
noun
1.
a horizontal metal bar attached to the front or rear end of a car, lorry, etc, to protect against damage from impact
2.
a person or machine that bumps
3.
(cricket) a ball bowled so that it bounces high on pitching; bouncer

bumper2

/ˈbʌmpə/
noun
1.
a glass, tankard, etc, filled to the brim, esp as a toast
2.
an unusually large or fine example of something
adjective
3.
unusually large, fine, or abundant: a bumper crop
verb
4.
(transitive) to toast with a bumper
5.
(transitive) to fill to the brim
6.
(intransitive) to drink bumpers
Word Origin
C17 (in the sense: a brimming glass): probably from bump (obsolete vb) to bulge; see bump

bumper3

/ˈbʌmpə/
noun
1.
(Austral, old-fashioned, informal) a cigarette end
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from a blend of butt1 and stump
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Word Origin and History for bumper
n.

1670s, "glass filled to the brim;" perhaps from notion of bumping as "large," or from a related sense of "booming" (see bump (v.)). Meaning "anything unusually large" is from 1759, slang. Agent-noun meaning "buffer of a car" is from 1839, American English, originally in reference to railway cars; 1901 of automobiles (in phrase bumper-to-bumper, in reference to a hypothetical situation; of actual traffic jams by 1908).

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Slang definitions & phrases for bumper

bumper 1

noun

A striptease dancer or other erotic dancer (1950s+ Show business)


bumper 2

noun

A black upwardly mobile person (1990s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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