- 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 rumpMore 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 rumpMore example sentences
buttocks, behind, backside, rear, rear end, seat, haunches, cheeks; hindquarters, croup; British bottom; French derrière; German SitzfleischNorth American • informal butt, fanny, tush, tushie, tail, duff, buns, booty, caboose, heinie, patootie, keister, tuchis, bazoo, bippyWest Indian • informal battyBritish • vulgar slang arseNorth American • vulgar slang ass• technical nates• archaic breech
- 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.
- 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 YugoslaviaMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 (the Rump) short for Rump Parliament.
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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.
late Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Danish and Norwegian rumpe 'backside'.