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hump

[huhmp] /hʌmp/
noun
1.
a rounded protuberance, especially a fleshy protuberance on the back, as that due to abnormal curvature of the spine in humans, or that normally present in certain animals, as the camel or bison.
2.
Physical Geography.
  1. a low, rounded rise of ground; hummock.
  2. a mountain or mountain range.
3.
Railroads. (in a switchyard) a raised area down which cars pushed to its crest roll by gravity and momentum for automatic sorting through a series of preset switches.
4.
Slang: Vulgar.
  1. an act or instance of coitus.
  2. a partner in coitus.
5.
the hump.
  1. British Slang. a fit of depression or bad humor:
    to get the hump.
  2. (initial capital letter) (in World War II) the Himalayas.
verb (used with object)
6.
to raise (the back) in a hump; hunch:
The cat humped its back.
7.
Railroads. to sort (cars) by means of a hump.
8.
Informal. to exert (oneself) in a great effort.
9.
Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.
10.
Slang.
  1. to place or bear on the back or shoulder.
  2. to carry or haul.
  3. to load or unload; lift.
verb (used without object)
11.
to rise in a hump.
12.
Informal. to exert oneself; hustle or hurry.
13.
Slang: Vulgar. to engage in sexual intercourse.
Idioms
14.
over the hump, past the most difficult, time-consuming, or dangerous part or period:
The doctor says she's over the hump now and should improve steadily.
Origin of hump
1700-1710
1700-10; probably abstracted from humpbacked
Related forms
humper, noun
humpless, adjective
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Examples from the Web for humping
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  • The beast was standing in one corner, even more meditative than is usual with cows, hanging her head and humping her back.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • But humping was then a novelty, and we regarded it as a labour of love.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • Such as pay-day there he was, walking down the platform towards the depot, and humping alongside—Sinkers.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • Paul saw Amisura weeping, humping pitiably back to his litter on all fours, and heard Pakriaa laugh.

    West Of The Sun Edgar Pangborn
  • Doc laughed every time the screen showed trees, and I could hear Burt humping around in his seat like he was irritated.

    Trees Are Where You Find Them Arthur Dekker Savage
  • He may be riding boundaries, or droving cattle, or humping his swag about the back-blocks away to the devil—somewhere.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • Instead, the bear whirled and, humping himself almost into a furry ball, galloped away.

  • Victor chuckled at Colney's humping of shoulders and mouth, while the tempest seemed echoing a sulphurous pessimist.

British Dictionary definitions for humping

hump

/hʌmp/
noun
1.
a rounded protuberance or projection, as of earth, sand, etc
2.
(pathol) a rounded deformity of the back in persons with kyphosis, consisting of a convex spinal curvature
3.
a rounded protuberance on the back of a camel or related animal
4.
(Brit, informal) the hump, a fit of depression or sulking (esp in the phrase it gives me the hump)
5.
over the hump, past the largest or most difficult portion of work, time, etc
verb
6.
to form or become a hump; hunch; arch
7.
(transitive) (Brit, slang) to carry or heave
8.
(slang) to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
9.
(Austral & NZ, informal) hump one's swag, (of a tramp) to carry one's belongings from place to place on one's back
Derived Forms
humplike, adjective
Word Origin
C18: probably from earlier humpbacked
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Word Origin and History for humping

hump

n.

1680s (in hump-backed), from Dutch homp "lump," from Middle Low German hump "bump," from Proto-Germanic *hump-, from PIE *kemb- "to bend, turn, change, exchange." Replaced, or perhaps influenced by, crump, from Old English crump. A meaning attested from 1901 is "mound in a railway yard over which cars must be pushed," which may be behind the figurative sense of "critical point of an undertaking" (1914). Humpback whale is from 1725.

v.

"to do the sex act with," attested from 1785, but the source of this indicates it is an older word. Meaning "to raise into a hump" is from 1840. Related: Humped; humping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for humping

hootenanny

noun

  1. Any unspecified or unspecifiable object; something one does not know the name of or does not wish to name; gadget, gizmo: He took a little hootenanny off the shelf and blew into it (1925+)
  2. A folk-music entertainment, esp one where the audience participates (1940s+)

[one of many fanciful coinages for something unspecified; probably related to hooter, ''anything trifling,'' found fr the mid-1800s, and to hewgag, ''an indeterminate, unknown mythical creature,'' similarly found; the syllable hoo-, which is prominent in such coinages, probably represents the interrogative pronoun who; the folk-music sense is based on this, in spite of a fanciful explanation by the singer Woody Guthrie, involving a loud singer called Hootin' Annie]

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Idioms and Phrases with humping

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