What does bumper mean?

Definitions for bumper
ˈbʌm pərbumper

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bumpernoun

    a glass filled to the brim (especially as a toast)

    "we quaffed a bumper of ale"

  2. bumpernoun

    a mechanical device consisting of bars at either end of a vehicle to absorb shock and prevent serious damage


  1. bumpernoun

    A drinking vessel filled to the brim.

  2. bumpernoun

    Anything large or successful (now usually attributively).

  3. bumpernoun

    Parts at the front and back of a vehicle which are meant to absorb the impact of a collision; fender

  4. bumpernoun

    Any mechanical device used to absorb an impact, soften a collision, or protect against impact

  5. bumpernoun

    Someone or something that bumps.

  6. bumpernoun

    A bouncer.

  7. bumpernoun

    A side wall of a pool table.

  8. bumpernoun

    A short ditty or jingle used to separate a show from the advertisements.

  9. bumperadjective

    Large; filled to the bumpers at the top of a silo.

    We harvested a bumper crop of arugula and parsnips this year.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bumpernoun

    A cup filled till the liquour swells over the brims.

    Etymology: from bump.

    Places his delight
    All day in plying bumpers, and at night
    Reels to the bawds. John Dryden, Juv. sat. viii.


  1. bumper

    A bumper refers to a device or bar installed on the front and rear ends of a vehicle to minimize damage from minor collisions. Its purpose is to absorb or reduce shock during impact. However, the term can also refer to something that serves as a protective boundary or barrier in various other contexts. For example, bumper in bowling refers to barriers used to prevent the ball from entering the gutter, or in printing, it can refer to a thick piece of rubber used to protect the printing plate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bumpernoun

    a cup or glass filled to the brim, or till the liquor runs over, particularly in drinking a health or toast

  2. Bumpernoun

    a covered house at a theater, etc., in honor of some favorite performer

  3. Bumpernoun

    that which bumps or causes a bump

  4. Bumpernoun

    anything which resists or deadens a bump or shock; a buffer


  1. Bumper

    In automobiles, a bumper is the front-most or rear-most part, ostensibly designed to allow the car to sustain an impact without damage to the vehicle's safety systems. They are not capable of reducing injury to vehicle occupants in high-speed impacts, but are increasingly being designed to mitigate injury to pedestrians struck by cars.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bumper is ranked #158432 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bumper surname appeared 102 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bumper.

    87.2% or 89 total occurrences were Black.
    6.8% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bumper in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bumper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of bumper in a Sentence

  1. Julie Marks:

    There is bumper-to-bumper [cars] on the big nights … waiting to get in here, they were coming around … in busses and limos just to see the lights.

  2. Mr Smith:

    In peak hour you’re having to stop at traffic lights and wait two cycles for it to turn green, this idea is not going to have much impact if so much traffic is going bumper-to-bumper, but as traffic lights lighten up, people will have a much smoother journey.

  3. One Rodeo resident:

    ALASKA WOMAN GETS 60 YEARS FOR SETTING COUCH ABLAZE WITH BOYFRIEND ON IT Contra Costa Fire Department spokesman Steve Hill said the tanks held varying amounts of ethanol. One tank alone contained around 167,000 gallons of the flammable substance. Approximately 200 firefighters were battling the blazes using foam on the flames and water to cool adjacent tanks to prevent them from catching fire. Officials closed Interstate 80, one of the busiest in the Bay Area at the peak of rush hour, causing major traffic jams.The California Highway Patrol said the closure was expected to last at least until midnight. CALIFORNIA LYFT DRIVER IS PULLED OVER SO POLICE CAN ARREST HER PASSENGER One Rodeo resident, One Rodeo resident, told The Associated Press he was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic trying to get home to his teenage son. His son had called him to say he heard a loud explosion. It literally rocked the house and then soon after, he heard what sounded like a jet plane.

  4. Lakshheish M Patel:

    Another example to prove that this stock market's bumper downfall is manipulated to boost privatization is that private banks share price has not fallen so much as much as that of govt banks. Attempt is being made to sell all PSUs to greedy private players by Government

  5. Cokie Roberts, TV interview in either 1992 or 1996:

    Washington DC is the only place in America where people put bumper stickers on their cars the day *after* the election.

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