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[ruhmp] /rʌmp/
the hind part of the body of an animal, as the hindquarters of a quadruped or sacral region of a bird.
a cut of beef from this part of the animal, behind the loin and above the round.
the buttocks.
the last part, especially that which is unimportant or inferior:
a rump of territory.
the remnant of a legislature, council, etc., after a majority of the members have resigned or been expelled.
the Rump, English History, Rump Parliament.
constituting a subsidiary or small group or the remnant of a once larger organization:
Our local Shakespeare Club will hold a rump meeting at the Elizabethan Drama Teachers' convention.
Origin of rump
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English rumpe < Scandinavian; compare Danish, Norwegian, Swedish rumpe rump, tail; cognate with German Rumpf body, trunk
Related forms
rumpless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rump
  • Glee's resident rump-shaker took a fashion risk in a plunging periwinkle gown with a ruffled bottom.
  • Why don't you get off your rump and physically go and see for yourself.
  • The tenderloin of beef which lies under the loin and rump is called fillet of beef.
  • The crown and back are olive, rather bright, contrasting with a gray rump.
  • In hand, small concealed white tuft on sides of rump and sides of body are visible.
  • Five rams were grazing, and one was lying down, his white rump plainly visible.
  • As he caught himself by grabbing the banister, his body swung around and he landed heavily on his rump.
  • Kim doing leg lifts in tights, showing off her curvacious rump.
  • The armed rump ostensibly split from him a decade ago.
  • The rump of the once-powerful guerrillas survives through drug-trafficking.
British Dictionary definitions for rump


the hindquarters of a mammal, not including the legs
the rear part of a bird's back, nearest to the tail
a person's buttocks
Also called rump steak. a cut of beef from behind the loin and above the round
an inferior remnant
Derived Forms
rumpless, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Scandinavian; compare Danish rumpe, Icelandic rumpr, German Rumpf trunk of the body
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Word Origin and History for rump

"hind-quarters, buttocks of an animal," mid-15c., from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish, Norwegian rumpe, Swedish rumpa), from or corresponding to Middle Dutch romp, German Rumpf "trunk, torso." Sense of "small remnant" derives from "tail" and is first recorded 1640s in reference to the English Rump Parliament (December 1648-April 1653). As an adjective from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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