There are 2 definitions of temp in English:


Syllabification: temp
Pronunciation: /temp


A temporary employee, typically an office worker who finds employment through an agency.
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  • After failing to land a job as a journalist, and brief stints as an office temp and clerk typist, Bass was demoralized and returned to North Carolina.
  • Agency temps have the lowest rates of all employment categories.
  • So we hired a temp from this agency that supposedly specializes in temps who respect diversity and can handle working in places like ours.


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Work as a temporary employee.
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  • The main increase in temp work has been in fixed-term contracts, which form about half of all temporary employment and agency temping.
  • Mr Cassidy, who is currently temping, said: ‘Rewarding hard work is the best way to inspire determination and commitment.’
  • I spent the next six years doing more temping.


1930s: abbreviation.

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Pronunciation: ˈapəzɪt
apt in the circumstances or relation to something

There are 2 definitions of temp in English:


Syllabification: temp
Pronunciation: /


More example sentences
  • Dehydration, high body temperatures (some report temps over 106 degrees!), and increased heart rate are all common negative effects.
  • This reduced the CPU temp to almost room temperature.
  • Your geranium will do best if the day time temps are around 65 degrees with night temperature around 55.

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