see also: Bump, BUMP
Pronunciation Noun


  1. A light blow or jolting collision.
  2. The sound of such a collision.
  3. A protuberance on a level surface.
  4. A swelling on the skin caused by illness or injury.
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      It had upon its brow / A bump as big as a young cockerel's stone.
  5. (obsolete) One of the protuberances on the cranium which, in phrenology, are associated with distinct faculties or affections of the mind. Also (dated, metonymically) the faculty itself
    the bump of veneration; the bump of acquisitiveness
  6. (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.
  7. The swollen abdomen of a pregnant woman.
  8. (Internet) 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.
  9. A temporary increase in a quantity, as shown in a graph.
    US presidential nominees get a post-convention bump in survey ratings.
  10. (slang) A dose of a drug such as ketamine or cocaine, when snorted recreationally.
  11. The noise made by the bittern; a boom.
  12. A disco dance in which partners rhythmically bump each other's hips together.
  13. In skipping, a single jump over two consecutive turns of the rope.
  14. (uncountable) A coarse cotton fabric.
  15. A training match for a fighting dog.
  16. (snooker, slang) The jaw of either of the middle pocket.
  17. (US, slang, uncountable) Music, especially played over speakers at loud volume with strong bass frequency response.
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Verb

bump (bumps, present participle bumping; past and past participle bumped)

  1. To knock against or run into with a jolt.
  2. To move up or down by a step; displace.
    I bumped the font size up to make my document easier to read.
  3. (Internet) 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.
  4. (chemistry, of a superheated liquid) To suddenly boil, causing movement of the vessel and loss of liquid.
  5. (transitive) To move (a booked passenger) to a later flight because of earlier delays or cancellations.
    • 2005, Lois Jones, EasyJet: the story of Britain's biggest low-cost airline (page 192)
      Easyjet said the compensation package for passengers bumped off flights was 'probably the most flawed piece of European legislation in recent years' […]
  6. (transitive) To move the time of (a scheduled event).
    • 2010, Nancy Conner, Matthew MacDonald, Office 2010: The Missing Manual, p. 332:
      A colleague emails with news that her 4:30 meeting got bumped to 3:30.
  7. (transitive) To pick (a lock) with a repeated striking motion that dislodges the pins.
  8. (intransitive, archaic) To make a loud, heavy, or hollow noise; to boom.
    • as a bittern bumps within a reed
  9. (printing, dated) To spread out material so as to fill any desired number of pages.
Translations Interjection
  1. (internet) Posted 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.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

  1. (Internet) Alternative form of bump

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