a broad strap passed across the forehead and over the shoulders for carrying a load on the back
Origin of tumpline; from earlier tump ; from mattump ; from a southern New England Algonquian language
A strap slung across the forehead or the chest to support a load carried on the back.
Origin of tumplinetump (alteration of mattump, of Southern New England Algonquian origin) + line1.
- A strap used to carry objects tied to its ends by placing the broadened or cushioned middle of the strap over the head just behind the forehead.
Tump is a shortening of mattump, metump, from a Penobscot word.