Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To overturn. Often used with over.
  • intransitive verb To fall over. Often used with over.
  • noun A mound.
  • noun A clump of trees, shrubs, or grass.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In horticulture, to form a mass of earth or a hillock round (a plant): as, to tump teazel.
  • noun A little hillock; a heap; a clump.

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

  • noun A little hillock; a knoll.
  • transitive verb To form a mass of earth or a hillock about.
  • transitive verb Local, U. S. To draw or drag, as a deer or other animal after it has been killed.

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

  • verb transitive, southern US to bump, knock (usually used with "over")
  • verb intransitive, southern US To fall over.
  • verb To form a mass of earth or a hillock about.
  • verb US, dialect To draw or drag, as a deer or other animal after it has been killed.
  • noun UK, rare A mound or hillock.

Etymologies

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

[Probably akin to tumble.]

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

[Origin unknown.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Possibly from tumpoke

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Unknown.

Examples

  • She's not letting go of "tump," which means "to accidentally knock over," any time soon.

    World Hum

  • I also learned the word “tump” as in “tump over that wagon and get her out of there.”

    I beg to differ « Dating Jesus

  • Tow-line and pole, paddle and tump-line, rapids and portages, -- such tortures served to give the one a deep digust for great hazards, and printed for the other a fiery text on the true romance of adventure.

    In a Far Country

  • Tow-line and pole, paddle and tump-line, rapids and portages, -- such tortures served to give the one a deep digust for great hazards, and printed for the other a fiery text on the true romance of adventure.

    In a Far Country

  • Koyokuk, the toil of pick and shovel, the scars and mars of pack-strap and tump-line, the straight meat diet with the dogs, and all the long procession of twenty full years of toil and sweat and endeavor.

    Chapter III

  • Then you might as well tump over riding a fiberglass chicken.

    I don’t know what you call it | clusterflock

  • Well, [emphasis] tump . . . [slight pause] . . . [equal emphasis] me.

    I don’t know what you call it | clusterflock

  • Cindy, you could tump over and conk your head wobbling on one of those things.

    I don’t know what you call it | clusterflock

  • They're made of the thinnest cardboard allowable by law, and they always collected pools of unwanted dye at the bottom, and you'd always gets drippy, crappy eggs by the time they dried - that is, if the whole thing didn't collapse and tump all your precious masterpieces to the floor.

    history abhors a vacuum

  • They're made of the thinnest cardboard allowable by law, and they always collected pools of unwanted dye at the bottom, and you'd always gets drippy, crappy eggs by the time they dried - that is, if the whole thing didn't collapse and tump all your precious masterpieces to the floor.

    red and yellow and blue makes brown

Comments

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  • To overturn, especially a container filled with liquid

    December 4, 2006

  • A hillock.

    September 25, 2007

  • Trivet! Another one for your "Over Hill" list! :-)

    September 25, 2007

  • ooooh, ooooh!

    *yoink*

    September 25, 2007

  • Hang on - specifically a barrow, I think. I.e. man-made. Is that still OK?

    September 25, 2007

  • Yes, thanks for the clarification!

    September 25, 2007

  • bowl barrow

    February 18, 2008

  • ...dumped among bins

    and tumps of fetid garbage and coils of rank

    sloppy dog faces in an ill-lit alley...

    - Peter Reading, Found, from Diplopic, 1983

    June 30, 2008

  • mostly a hill, but not necessarily a barrow. Some tumps are the remains of Norman motte and bailey style wooden forts. The defences are long gone, and only the hill, the tump, remains. A bit like stump and hump, I guess.

    July 16, 2008

  • This word was chosen as Wordnik word of the day.

    November 11, 2009