Origin of rump
- Middle English rumpe of Scandinavian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English rumpe, from Old Norse rumpr (“rump"), from Middle Low German rump (“the bulk or trunk of a body, trunk of a tree"), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *rumpÅ (“trunk of a tree, log"). Cognate with Icelandic rumpur (“rump"), Swedish rumpa (“rump"), Dutch romp (“trunk, body, hull"), German Rumpf (“hull, trunk, torso, trunk").
- In the sense of remnant, first attested in the Rump Parliament of 1648.