Definition of rump in English:


Syllabification: rump
Pronunciation: /rəmp


1The hind part of the body of a mammal or the lower back of a bird.
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  • They have a strongly undulating flight pattern, and they can be easily identified in flight by this pattern and their prominent white rumps.
  • Their bellies and flanks are white, and their rumps are black.
  • In flight, they show gray and white underwings, solid gray upperwings, white rumps, and gray tails.
1.1chiefly humorous A person’s buttocks.
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  • Perhaps the end of our affair with TV chefs will mean we actually get off our rumps to make a bit more effort in the kitchen.
  • He finally allows his eyes to wander over the rumps of his female colleagues.
  • The strong hand around his thick neck loosened and his rump landed on the ground.
rear, rear end, backside, seat; buttocks, cheeks, bottom
informal behind
sit-upon, buns, derrière, butt, fanny, tush, tail, heinie, caboose; chiefly Britishbum
humorous fundament, posterior, stern
2A small or unimportant remnant of something originally larger: once the profitable enterprises have been sold the unprofitable rump will be left
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  • Meanwhile he ruled over a French rump state based in the spa town of Vichy.
  • The new Liberal Unionist group he attached himself to never made it up with the rump of the Liberal Party, and eventually allied with the Conservatives.
  • A rump force of 200 is holed up in a town near the Iranian border.
remainder, rest, remnant, remains


late Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Danish and Norwegian rumpe 'backside'.



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  • My rumpless rooster has not produced a fertile egg; he's over a year old and has been with these hens for several months.
  • I got four black australorp chicks - they are now 9 weeks old, and two of them appear to be rumpless.
  • A few breeders in Brussels took it upon themselves to create a rumpless bearded Watermael, and they succeeded.

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