Definition of hump noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hʌmp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hʌmp//
    Parts of animals
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  1. 1a large lump that sticks out above the surface of something, especially the ground the dark hump of the mountain in the distance (British English) a road/speed/traffic hump (= a hump on a road that forces traffic to drive more slowly)
  2. 2a large lump on the back of some animals, especially camels See related entries: Parts of animals
  3. 3a large lump on the back of a person, caused by an unusual curve in the spine (= the row of bones in the middle of the back)
  4. Word Origin early 18th cent.: probably related to Low German humpe ‘hump’, also to Dutch homp, Low German humpe ‘lump, hunk (of bread)’.Idioms to have done the most difficult part of something (British English, informal) to become annoyed or upset about something Fans get the hump when the team loses.

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