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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bumpnoun

    a lump on the body caused by a blow

  2. bulge, bump, hump, swelling, gibbosity, gibbousness, jut, prominence, protuberance, protrusion, extrusion, excrescencenoun

    something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings

    "the gun in his pocket made an obvious bulge"; "the hump of a camel"; "he stood on the rocky prominence"; "the occipital protuberance was well developed"; "the bony excrescence between its horns"

  3. blow, bumpverb

    an impact (as from a collision)

    "the bump threw him off the bicycle"

  4. bump, knockverb

    knock against with force or violence

    "My car bumped into the tree"

  5. find, happen, chance, bump, encounterverb

    come upon, as if by accident; meet with

    "We find this idea in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"

  6. bumpverb

    dance erotically or dance with the pelvis thrust forward

    "bump and grind"

  7. demote, bump, relegate, break, kick downstairsverb

    assign to a lower position; reduce in rank

    "She was demoted because she always speaks up"; "He was broken down to Sergeant"

  8. dislodge, bumpverb

    remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied

    "The new employee dislodged her by moving into her office space"


  1. bumpnoun

    A light blow or jolting collision.

  2. bumpnoun

    The sound of such a collision.

  3. bumpnoun

    A protuberance on a level surface.

  4. bumpnoun

    A swelling on the skin caused by illness or injury.

  5. bumpnoun

    (rowing) The point, in a race in which boats are spaced apart at the start, at which a boat begins to overtake the boat ahead.

  6. bumpnoun

    The swollen abdomen of a pregnant woman.

  7. bumpnoun

    A post in an Internet forum thread made in order to raise the thread's profile by returning it to the top of the list of active threads.

  8. bumpnoun

    A temporary increase in a quantity, as shown in a graph.

    US presidential nominees get a post-convention bump in survey ratings.

  9. bumpnoun

    A dose of the drug ketamine, when taken recreationally.

  10. bumpverb

    To knock against or run into with a jolt.

  11. bumpverb

    To post in an Internet forum thread in order to raise the thread's profile by returning it to the top of the list of active threads.

  12. bumpverb

    To suddenly boil, causing movement of the vessel and loss of liquid.

  13. bumpverb

    To move (a booked passenger) to a later flight because of earlier delays or cancellations.

  14. bumpverb

    To move the time of a scheduled event.

  15. Etymology: From Early Modern English bump, probably of origin. Compare bump, bumpe, Old bumpe. Apparently related to bumben, bummen, bommen, bummen, bumba, probably of imitative origin. More at bum, bumble. Compare also bomb.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bumpnoun

    A swelling; a protuberance.

    Etymology: perhaps from bum, as being prominent.

    It had upon its brow a bump as big as a young cockrel’s stone; a perilous knock, and it cried bitterly. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Jul.

    Not though his teeth are beaten out, his eyes
    Hang by a string, in bumps his forehead rise. John Dryden, Juv.

  2. To Bumpverb

    To make a loud noise, or bomb. [See Bomb.] It is applied, I think, only to the bittern.

    Etymology: from bombus, Lat.

    Then to the water’s brink she laid her head,
    And as a bittour bumps within a reed,
    To thee alone, O lake, she said ———— Dryden.


  1. bump

    A bump is a raised or swollen area that appears on a surface, often as a result of an injury or impact. In a broader sense, it can also refer to a sudden increase or surge, an unexpected obstacle, or an abrupt encounter or collision.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bumpverb

    to strike, as with or against anything large or solid; to thump; as, to bump the head against a wall

  2. Bumpverb

    to come in violent contact with something; to thump

  3. Bumpnoun

    a thump; a heavy blow

  4. Bumpnoun

    a swelling or prominence, resulting from a bump or blow; a protuberance

  5. Bumpnoun

    one of the protuberances on the cranium which are associated with distinct faculties or affections of the mind; as, the bump of "veneration;" the bump of "acquisitiveness."

  6. Bumpnoun

    the act of striking the stern of the boat in advance with the prow of the boat following

  7. Bumpverb

    to make a loud, heavy, or hollow noise, as the bittern; to boom

  8. Bumpnoun

    the noise made by the bittern

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bump

    bump, v.i. to make a heavy or loud noise.—v.t. to strike with a dull sound: to strike against: to overtake and impinge upon the stern or side of a boat by the boat following, the bumper consequently taking the place of the bumped in rank—also 'to make a bump:' to spread out material in printing so as to fill any desired number of pages.—n. a dull heavy blow: a thump: a lump caused by a blow, one of the protuberances on the surface of the skull confidently associated by phrenologists with certain distinct qualities or propensities of the mind, hence colloquially for organ: the noise of the bittern.—n. Bump′er, a cup or glass filled to the brim for drinking a toast: anything large or generous in measure: a crowded house at a theatre or concert.—adj. as in a 'bumper house.'—v.i. to drink bumpers.—n. Bumpol′ogy, phrenology.—adj. Bump′y. [Onomatopœic.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. bump

    Synonym for increment. Has the same meaning as C's ++ operator. Used esp. of counter variables, pointers, and index dummies in for, while, and do-while loops.

Rap Dictionary

  1. bumpverb

    To make a car with hydraulics bump. "Why you gotta pull me over... cause I'm bumpin'" -- Warren G. (I Shot The Sheriff).

  2. bumpverb

    A line of cocaine or any other snortable drug.

  3. bumpverb

    To have sexual intercourse: "Lemme bump it". It is used by a male that wants to have sexual intercourse with a female. It is like saying "lemme hit it" but instead of hit use bump.

  4. bumpverb

    To fight, e.g. "She was runnin' her mouth so we're 'bout to bump"

  5. bumpverb

    To listen to music. "What track you bumpin to?

  6. bumpverb

    The bumps caused by herpes on a female's vagina. "Dat mad bitch done got bumps all ova dat pussy, mothafu**a!" - To BUMP a topic (in forum) to post in it so it will be at the top of the page

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  2. BUMP

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BUMP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bump is ranked #11595 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bump surname appeared 2,708 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Bump.

    95% or 2,574 total occurrences were White.
    1.9% or 53 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 36 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1% or 28 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 12 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.1% or 5 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bump in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bump in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of bump in a Sentence

  1. Edna Ferber:

    Living in the past is a dull and lonely business looking back strains the neck muscles, causes you to bump into people not going your way.

  2. Fabrice:

    The civi service is a place where, in the stairs, those who arrive late bump into those who leave early!

  3. John Larroquette:

    Be careful out there. There are things that go bump in the night. Actually, there are things that go 'Give me your wallet or I'll kill you' in the night.

  4. Artur Samarin:

    We are going to bump five years of age and we can adopt you because at 20 years old we can't adopt you, so bump five ages and we will adopt you. I said ok, looks like I have no choice. I really had no choice, either go back to war or do this. And they bumped five years of my age and they did not adopt me but make me their legal child.

  5. Kyle Woods:

    I just don't think it's good for our society or for people's psyche. I think the embrace and the handshake are important, but that's just me, and I respect those who feel differently. If someone wants to elbow bump, then I give them the cheerful elbow bump.

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Translations for bump

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • цицина, издутина, сблъскванеBulgarian
  • bouleCzech
  • Beule, Schlag, Stoß, Plumps, Unebenheit, Delle, Bodenwelle, BumsGerman
  • cototo, chichón, tolondro, bultoSpanish
  • دست اندازPersian
  • bumppausFinnish
  • bosse, bourrade, ballon, saillie, boumFrench
  • gnocco, botta, gonfiore, bozzo, protuberanza, pancione, colpettoItalian
  • מַכָּהHebrew
  • kulNorwegian
  • buil, botsing, bultDutch
  • kulNorwegian Nynorsk
  • łup, bum, brzuch, stłuczka, wybój, guzPolish
  • galo, estrondo, saliência, protuberância, inchaçoPortuguese
  • удар, шишка, столкновение, выпуклость, ухаб, колдобина, опухольRussian
  • čvorugaSerbo-Croatian
  • vuruş, tümsek, küt, yumru, çarpma, şişlik, şişTurkish

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    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    • A. transpire
    • B. elaborate
    • C. abash
    • D. denudate

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