Definition of bumper in English:


Line breaks: bump¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈbʌmpə


  • 1A horizontal bar fixed across the front or back of a motor vehicle to reduce damage in a collision: she started the car with a jerk and hit the bumper of the car in front
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    • After a year, the Ford Aspire had minor changes done in that included new front and rear bumpers, headlamps, turn signals, tail lamps, and wheel covers.
    • This airbag is deployed from just above the front bumper when a frontal collision is imminent.
    • Usually such damages will weaken the bumper's ability to absorb the shock of collision.
  • 2 Cricket , • dated another term for bouncer ( sense 2).
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    • Sometimes he would bowl bumpers just for this purpose - even at his old mate.
    • He's got a very good bumper, and his slower ball comes out really well.
    • He bowled the bumper sparingly but brilliantly.
  • 3 (also bumper race) Horse Racing A flat race for inexperienced horses which are intended for future racing in hurdles or steeplechases.
    [said to be from an earlier racing term bumper 'amateur rider']
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    • He rides them in national hunt flat races called bumpers but he lets a professional jockey take over for the hurdles.
    • Winning trainer Jonjo O'Neill said the horse may have one more run in a bumper before going hurdling with the Supreme Novices Hurdle at the Festival one of the aims.
    • Mark Pitman's gelding has shown decent form in bumpers and also over hurdles, and has finished runner-up in both his races over the minor obstacles this term.
  • 4 archaic A generous glassful of an alcoholic drink, typically one drunk as a toast.
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    • He who drank a bumper on his knees to the health of his mistress, was dubbed a knight for the evening.
    • On my way home I stopped in at the tavern and drank a bumper of whiskey, something I had not indulged in for the last five or six years.
    • There are whole pages full of Masonic toasts from which the presiding officer could select, and after every one of which a bumper was drunk by the Brethren present.


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Very close together, as cars in a traffic jam.
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  • Traffic was bumper-to-bumper after police closed part of Ribbleton Lane and Deepdale Road, near the prison, and also St Mary's Street, off Ribbleton Lane.
  • Both the morning and afternoon races witnessed the closest bumper-to-bumper action that the S championship has seen so far in 2005, with similar starts but very different endings.
  • Usually on any working day the traffic moves bumper-to-bumper.
(Of an insurance policy) comprehensive; all-inclusive: choose our 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty
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  • In addition, unlike comprehensive bumper-to-bumper car warranties, boats are sold with separate warranties for the boat and for the engine, as well as a host of warranties for other equipment on board.
  • Right off the internet, you can buy extended warranty used car coverage that is generally bumper-to-bumper and lasts several years.
  • Hyundai offers a 100,000-mile warranty on its engine and related powertrain systems and a 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty on other vehicle parts and systems.

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