Meaning of BUMP in English


I. ˈbəmp noun

Etymology: probably imitative of the sound of a blow

Date: 1581

1. : a relatively abrupt convexity or protuberance on a surface: as

a. : a swelling of tissue

b. : a cranial protuberance


a. : a sudden forceful blow, impact, or jolt

b. : demotion

3. : an act of thrusting the hips forward in an erotic manner

II. verb

Date: 1581

transitive verb

1. : to strike or knock with force or violence

2. : to collide with



(1) : to dislodge with a jolt

(2) : to subject to a scalar change

rates being bump ed up

b. : to oust usually by virtue of seniority or priority

was bump ed from the flight

intransitive verb

1. : to knock against something with a forceful jolt

2. : to proceed in or as if in a series of bumps

3. : to encounter something that is an obstacle or hindrance

bump ed up against a chair

- bump into

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.