from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural An acute, inflammatory, contagious disease caused by a paramyxovirus and characterized by swelling of the salivary glands, especially the parotids, and sometimes of the pancreas, ovaries, or testes. This disease, mainly affecting children, can be prevented by vaccination.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Sullenness; silent displeasure; sulks.
  • noun A contagious non-suppurative inflammation of the parotid and sometimes of the other salivary glands and of the circumglandular connective tissue; idiopathic parotitis.
  • noun A drinking game.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Sullenness; silent displeasure; the sulks.
  • noun (Med.) A specific infectious febrile disorder characterized by a nonsuppurative inflammation of the parotid glands, and sometimes causing inflammation of the testes or ovaries; also called epidemic parotitis or infectious parotitis. It is caused by infection with a paramyxovirus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun pathology A contagious disease caused by a virus of the genus Rubulavirus, mostly occurring in childhood, which causes swelling of glands in the face and neck.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of mump.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an acute contagious viral disease characterized by fever and by swelling of the parotid glands


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps from pl. of dialectal mump, grimace.]



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