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

  • n. The fleshy hindquarters of an animal.
  • n. A cut of beef or veal from the rump.
  • n. The buttocks.
  • n. The part of a bird's back nearest the tail.
  • n. The last or inferior part.
  • n. A legislature having only a small part of its original membership and therefore being unrepresentative or lacking in authority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the hindquarters of an animal
  • n. a cut of meat from the rump
  • n. the buttocks
  • n. remnant, as in rump parliament

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The end of the backbone of an animal, with the parts adjacent; the buttock or buttocks.
  • n. Among butchers, the piece of beef between the sirloin and the aitchbone piece. See Illust. of Beef.
  • n. The hind or tail end; a fag-end; a remnant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn one's back upon.
  • n. The tail-end of an animal; the hinder parts; the backside or buttocks; technically, the gluteal or uropygial region; the uropygium. See sacrum and uropygium.
  • n. Figuratively. the fag-end of a thing.

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

  • n. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
  • n. fleshy hindquarters; behind the loin and above the round
  • n. the part of an animal that corresponds to the human buttocks


Middle English rumpe, of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English rumpe, from Old Norse rumpr ("rump"), from Middle Low German rump ("the bulk or trunk of a body, trunk of a tree"), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *rumpō (“trunk of a tree, log”). Cognate with Icelandic rumpur ("rump"), Swedish rumpa ("rump"), Dutch romp ("trunk, body, hull"), German Rumpf ("hull, trunk, torso, trunk"). (Wiktionary)


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