a device for absorbing some of the shock of a collision; specif., either of two bars for this purpose, at the front and rear of a motor vehicle
- a cup or glass filled to the brim
- Informal anything unusually large of its kind
Origin of bumperprobably from obsolete bombard, liquor jug, altered after bump
unusually large or abundant
- A usually metal or rubber bar attached to either end of a motor vehicle, such as a truck or car, to absorb impact in a collision.
- A protective device for absorbing shocks or impeding contact.
- A drinking vessel filled to the brim.
- Something extraordinarily large.
Extraordinarily abundant or full: a bumper crop of corn.
Origin of bumperPerhaps from bump
- 1859, Dickens, A tale of two cities, chapter 11
- Sydney Carton drank the punch at a great rate; drank it by bumpers, looking at his friend.
- (colloquial) Anything large or successful (now usually attributively).
- (automotive) Parts at the front and back of a vehicle which are meant to absorb the impact of a collision; fender
- Any mechanical device used to absorb an impact, soften a collision, or protect against impact
- Someone or something that bumps.
- (cricket) A bouncer.
- (billiards) A side wall of a pool table.
- (broadcasting) A short ditty or jingle used to separate a show from the advertisements.
- (slang, dated) A covered house at a theatre, etc., in honour of some favourite performer.
From bump + -er.