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Definition of rump in English:

noun

1The hind part of the body of a mammal or the lower back of a bird: the harrier is distinguished by its prominent white rump he slapped the horse on the rump [mass noun]: a medium-rare slice of rump
More example sentences
  • 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: he removed his hand from Shirley’s rump
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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.
Synonyms
British bottom;
Frenchderrière;
informalsit-upon, stern, BTM, tochus
British informalbum, botty, prat, jacksie
North American informalbutt, fanny, tush, tushie, tail, duff, buns, booty, caboose, heinie, patootie, keister, tuchis, bazoo, bippy
West Indian informalbatty
black Englishrass, rusty dusty
British vulgar slangarse, clunge
North American vulgar slangass
technicalnates
archaicbreech
2A small or unimportant remnant of something originally larger: once the profitable enterprises have been sold the unprofitable rump will be left [as modifier]: the rump Yugoslavia
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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.
Synonyms
remainder, remaining part/number, rest, remnant, remnants, remains;
those left
2.1 (the Rump) short for Rump Parliament.

Derivatives

rumpless

1
Pronunciation: /ˈrʌmpləs/
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with rump

bump, chump, clump, crump, dump, flump, frump, gazump, grump, jump, lump, outjump, plump, pump, scrump, slump, stump, sump, thump, trump, tump, ump, whump

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