- The definition of a bump is a light jolt or a swollen, raised lump on the body.
- An example of a bump is the act of two toy cars hitting each other.
- An example of a bump is a welt on the hand.
- To bump is defined as to collide lightly.
An example of to bump is for a car to knock gently into the back of another.
Two sheep who have bumped heads.
- to hit or knock against with a jolt; collide lightly with
- ☆ Slang to displace, as from a job or plane reservation
- ☆ Slang to raise (a price, a bet in poker, etc.)
Origin of bumpechoic
- to collide with a jolt
- to move with jerks or jolts
- a light blow or jolt
- a swelling or lump, esp. one caused by a blow
- in phrenology, any of the protuberances of the skull as interpreted with reference to one's mental faculties
- ☆ Slang a thrusting movement forward of the lower part of the torso, as in striptease dancing
verbbumped, bump·ing, bumps
- To strike or collide with: bumped the chair with a knee.
- To cause to knock against an obstacle: bumped a knee against the chair.
- a. To knock to a new position; shift: bumped the crate out of the way.b. To shake up and down; jolt: bumped the child on her knee; was bumped about on a rough flight.
- a. To displace from a position within a group or organization.b. To deprive (a passenger) of a reserved seat because of overbooking.
- To raise; boost: bump up the price of gasoline.
- Sports To pass (a volleyball) by redirecting it with the forearms.
- To hit or knock against something: boxes bumping against one another in a truck.
- To proceed with jerks and jolts: bumped along slowly over the rocky terrain.
- Sports To bump a volleyball.
- a. A blow, collision, or jolt.b. The sound of something bumping: heard a loud bump in the dark.
- a. A raised or rounded spot; a bulge.b. A slight swelling or lump.c. Informal See baby bump.
- A rise or increase, as in prices or enrollment.
- A forward thrust of the pelvis, as in a burlesque striptease.
- Sports A pass in volleyball made by redirecting the ball with the inside of the forearms, especially when extended and held together.
- Slang A shot of hard liquor, sometimes accompanied by a beer chaser.
Origin of bumpImitative.
- A light blow or jolting collision.
- The sound of such a collision.
- A protuberance on a level surface.
- A swelling on the skin caused by illness or injury.
- One of the protuberances on the cranium which, in phrenology, are associated with distinct faculties or affections of the mind.
- the bump of veneration; the bump of acquisitiveness
- (rowing) The point, in a race in which boats are spaced apart at the start, at which a boat begins to overtake the boat ahead.
- The swollen abdomen of a pregnant woman.
- (Internet) A post in an Internet forum thread made in order to raise the thread's profile by returning it to the top of the list of active threads.
- A temporary increase in a quantity, as shown in a graph.
- US presidential nominees get a post-convention bump in survey ratings.
- (slang) A dose of a drug such as ketamine or cocaine, when snorted recreationally.
- The noise made by the bittern; a boom.
- A coarse cotton fabric.
- A training match for a fighting dog.
(third-person singular simple present bumps, present participle bumping, simple past and past participle bumped)
- To knock against or run into with a jolt.
- To move up or down by a step.
- I bumped the font size up to make my document easier to read.
- (Internet) To post in an Internet forum thread in order to raise the thread's profile by returning it to the top of the list of active threads.
- (chemistry, of a superheated liquid) To suddenly boil, causing movement of the vessel and loss of liquid.
- To move (a booked passenger) to a later flight because of earlier delays or cancellations.
- To move the time of a scheduled event.
- (archaic) To make a loud, heavy, or hollow noise; to boom.
From Early Modern English bump (“a shock, blow from a collision", also "to make a heavy, hollow sound, boom”), probably of North Germanic origin. Compare Danish bump (“a thump”), Danish bumpe (“to thump”), Old Danish bumpe (“to strike with a clenched fist”). Apparently related to Middle English bumben, bummen (“to make a hollow noise”), Dutch bommen (“to hum, buzz”), German bummen (“to hum, buzz”), Icelandic bumba (“drum”), probably of imitative origin. More at bum, bumble. Compare also bomb.
- A surname.