I. noun Etymology: akin to Middle Low German hump bump, Dutch homp lump, chunk, Frisian homp, himp Date: 1681 1. a rounded protuberance: as a. humpback 1 b. a fleshy protuberance on the back of an animal (as a camel, bison, or whale) c. (1) mound, hummock (2) mountain, range <
the Himalayan hump
2. British a fit of depression or sulking 3. a difficult, trying, or critical phase or obstacle — often used in the phrase over the humphumped adjective II. verb Date: circa 1785 transitive verb 1. often vulgar to copulate with 2. to exert (oneself) vigorously 3. to make humpbacked ; hunch 4. chiefly British to put or carry on the back ; lug; also transport intransitive verb 1. to exert oneself ; hustle 2. to move swiftly ; race

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Hump — may refer to:* HUMP! (film festival), an annual presentation of amateur pornography * The Hump, a name given by WWII Allied pilots to part of the Himalayan mountains * Kyphosis, the curve on an upper spine that causes a hunchback * dry humping,… …   Wikipedia

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  • hump — [n] swelling, projection bulge, bump, convexedness, convexity, dune, elevation, eminence, excrescence, gibbosity, hill, hummock, hunch, knap, knob, knurl, kyphosis, mound, prominence, protrusion, protuberance, ridge, swell, tumescence; concepts… …   New thesaurus

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  • hump — humper, n. humpless, adj. /hump/, n. 1. a rounded protuberance, esp. 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 Geog …   Universalium

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