I. noun Etymology: probably imitative of the sound of a blow Date: 1581 1. a relatively abrupt convexity or protuberance on a surface: as a. a swelling of tissue b. a cranial protuberance 2. a. a sudden forceful blow, impact, or jolt b. demotion 3. an act of thrusting the hips forward in an erotic manner II. verb Date: 1581 transitive verb 1. to strike or knock with force or violence 2. to collide with 3. a. (1) to dislodge with a jolt (2) to subject to a scalar change <
rates being bumped up
b. to oust usually by virtue of seniority or priority <
was bumped from the flight
intransitive verb 1. to knock against something with a forceful jolt 2. to proceed in or as if in a series of bumps 3. to encounter something that is an obstacle or hindrance <
bumped up against a chair

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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