There are 2 main definitions of temp in English:

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temp 1

Pronunciation: /tɛmp/


A temporary employee, typically an office worker who finds employment through an agency.
Example sentences
  • 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.


[no object]
Work as a temporary employee: Suzanne was temping as a secretary
More example sentences
  • 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 (originally US): abbreviation.

Words that rhyme with temp

hemp, kemp
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There are 2 main definitions of temp in English:

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temp 2

Pronunciation: /tɛmp/


Temperature: went swimming—temp 73 degrees! January temps are as high as 35°C
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  • 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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