- 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.
bump definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- 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.)
- 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
bump definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
verb bumped, bump·ing, bumps verb, transitive
- To strike or collide with.
- To cause to knock against an obstacle.
- 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.
- 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. Something, such as unevenness or a hole in a road, that causes a bump.
- A rise or increase, as in prices or enrollment.
- One of the natural protuberances on the human skull, considered to have significance in phrenology.
- 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.
bump - Computer Definition
bump - Phrases/Idioms
Informal to meet unexpectedly
Slang to murder