a rounded protuberance, especially a fleshy protuberance on the back, as that due to abnormal curvature of the spine in humans, or that normally present in certain animals, as the camel or bison.
a low, rounded rise of ground; hummock.
(in a switchyard) a raised area down which cars pushed to its crest roll by gravity and momentum for automatic sorting through a series of preset switches.
to raise (the back) in a hump; hunch:
to exert (oneself) in a great effort.
to place or bear on the back or shoulder.
past the most difficult, time-consuming, or dangerous part or period:
The doctor says shes over the hump now and should improve steadily.
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British Dictionary definitions forhump
a rounded protuberance or projection, as of earth, sand, etc
a rounded deformity of the back in persons with kyphosis, consisting of a convex spinal curvature
a rounded protuberance on the back of a camel or related animal
a fit of depression or sulking (esp in the phrase
past the largest or most difficult portion of work, time, etc
to form or become a hump; hunch; arch
to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
(of a tramp) to carry ones belongings from place to place on ones back
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1680s (inhump-backed), from Dutchhomplump, from Middle Low Germanhumpbump, from Proto-Germanic*hump-, from PIE*kemb-to bend, turn, change, exchange. Replaced, or perhaps influenced by,crump, from Old Englishcrump. A meaning attested from 1901 is mound in a railway yard over which cars must be pushed, which may be behind the figurative sense of critical point of an undertaking (1914).Humpback whaleis from 1725.
to do the sex act with, attested from 1785, but the source of this indicates it is an older word. Meaning to raise into a hump is from 1840. Related:Humped;humping.