follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

gump

[guhmp] /gʌmp/
noun, Dialect
1.
a foolish or stupid person.
Origin of gump
1815-1825
1815-25; origin uncertain
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for gump
Historical Examples
  • Darker and darker grew the night, and on and on sped the gump through the black heavens.

  • His family cannot determine whether he is a gump or a genius.

    A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs Laurence Hutton
  • The empty moor stretched away on every side, the gump lay bare and desolate before him.

    Cornwall's Wonderland Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • He was lying on his back at the foot of the gump, though how he got there he could never tell.

    Cornwall's Wonderland Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • "Very well," answered the gump, and settled down upon a table of rock that stood between two cliffs.

  • "Well, what a gump I was not to think of that myself," he observed.

  • He had often ridden in the gump; but never had he been so high as this, and the distance to the ground made him nervous.

    The Woggle-Bug Book L. Frank Baum
  • All I got to say, gump, you should some day have just such a daughter!

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • The others now followed, and Tip gave the word to the gump to return.

  • "I'm delighted to hear it," replied the gump, with a slight cough.

Word Origin and History for gump
n.

"dolt, numskull," 1825; meaning "chicken" is from 1914, U.S. thieves' slang.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for gump

gump

noun

  1. A fool; dolt; knucklehead (1825+)
  2. A chicken, esp a stolen one (1899+ Hoboes)
  3. A male homosexual (1950s+ Prison)

[fr British dialect, ''fool'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for gump

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for gump

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for gump