American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A usually metal or rubber bar attached to either end of a motor vehicle, such as a truck or car, to absorb impact in a collision.
- n. A protective device for absorbing shocks or impeding contact.
- n. A drinking vessel filled to the brim.
- n. Something extraordinarily large.
- adj. Extraordinarily abundant or full: a bumper crop of corn.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which bumps.
- n. A log of wood placed over a ship's side to keep off ice, or anything similarly used; a fender.
- n. A cup or glass filled to the brim, especially when drunk as a toast.
- n. A crowded house at a theatrical benefit, or the like.
- To fill to the brim.
- n. A species of pompano-like fish, Chloroscombrus chrysurus, of the family Carangidæ, found on the South Atlantic coast and about Cuba. Also called casabe.
- n. In felt-hat manuf., a machine used for consolidating the felted material.
- n. In Eng. whist, a rubber of 8 points.
- Brimming; abundant; very good; as, a bumper crop.
- To toast by drinking off a bumper.
- To drink bumpers: as, “we all sang and bumpered away,”
- n. In pianoforte-making, same as counter-check, 2.
- n. obsolete A drinking vessel filled to the brim.
- n. colloquial Anything large or successful (now usually attributively).
- n. automotive Parts at the front and back of a vehicle which are meant to absorb the impact of a collision; fender
- n. Any mechanical device used to absorb an impact, soften a collision, or protect against impact
- n. Someone or something that bumps.
- n. cricket A bouncer.
- n. billiards A side wall of a pool table.
- n. broadcasting A short ditty or jingle used to separate a show from the advertisements.
- adj. colloquial Large; filled to the bumpers at the top of a silo.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A cup or glass filled to the brim, or till the liquor runs over, particularly in drinking a health or toast.
- n. Cant A covered house at a theater, etc., in honor of some favorite performer.
- n. That which bumps or causes a bump.
- n. Anything which resists or deadens a bump or shock, such as a metal or rubber rim extending from an object; a buffer.
- n. (Motor vehicles) a protective guard device, usually of metal or rubber, attached horizontally to the front or rear of the frame of a vehicle, designed to resist or deaden a bump or shock, and to prevent damage to the main frame of the vehicle in low-velocity collisions.
- n. a glass filled to the brim (especially as a toast)
- n. a mechanical device consisting of bars at either end of a vehicle to absorb shock and prevent serious damage
- From to bump + -er. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from bump. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I call it and I did not coin the phrase bumper sticker politics. better than this.”
“I hope the guy with his daughter in the car that got nudged sues for damages, ie .. to property, personal injury (he should have claimed whiplash injury) and civil rights violations since his Obama bumper is the cause for the teabaggers rage.”
“Earlier in the year, he said the GMB would collect enough maize from farmers after what he described as a bumper harvest from the”
“Republicans (with the help Matt Drudge) did a great job at finding what I call the bumper-sticker negatives, be it contraceptives or STD treatment or sod for the National Mall.”
“( "birds of a feather flock together"), Mr. Cacioppo, the principal author, comes perilously close to cheerleading what he calls bumper-sticker wisdom.”
“She also still has her McCain/Palin bumper sticker on the back of her minivan ..”
“She also still has her McCain/Palin bumper sticker on the back of her short bus.”
“He lives to talk in bumper stickers because he knows he is far too stupid to understand … well pretty much anything.”
“The stop might be perfectly legal in all respects, but if your bumper is measurably over that line you pay.”
“I look forward to a congress that spends its time engaging in bumper-car duels.”
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