1. to have sexual intercourse [the hump in the man’s back, when in the ‘missionary position’; orig. UK until early 19C, then to the US early 20C; revived in UK mid-20C+].
|Constant Maid III i: Old madam hump-a-pump.|
|Epilogue Spoken by Heccate and Three Witches 31: I pick’d Shop-keeper up, and went to th’ Sun. He Houncht ... and Houncht ... and Houncht; And when h’ had done, Pay me quoth I.|
|Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk V 677: The venerable Abbot of Castilliers, the very same who never cared to hump his chambermaids but when he was in pontificalibus.(trans.)|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Hump, to hump, once a fashionable word for copulation.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1785].|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 86: HUMP: vulgar to cohabit with a woman.|
|(con. 1915) Canvas Falcons (1970) 271: ‘Uloo, Tommy. Zig-zig wif me?’ ‘After the war.’ ‘Go ’ump you grandmère!’.‘A Flier’s War’ in Longstreet|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 298: He learned it near Berryville, Arkansas, about 1910. [...] ‘Says I to her what is the price? / She says give me a dollar an’ you can hump me twice.’.|
|Ginger Man (1958) 164: Drink anything that’s going and hump when I can.|
|Howard Street 96: As the john humped, she could search through their pockets.|
|Swamp Man 108: As long as Jake didn’t find out which black gal they were humping.|
|Blue Highways 101: Whiteys [...] don’t mind a little black poontang now and then. That’s their contribution to equality — hump a nigger.|
|Hard-Boiled (1995) 494: Basko was trying to hump the Lab.‘Gravy Train’ in Pronzini & Adrian|
|One Night Out Stealing 42: It may as well be a sheep from a paddock, a piece of meat that ya hump in and out till you’re spent.|
|Tattoo of a Naked Lady 12: I humped her hooters harder to push my dick closer to her succulent mouth.|
|Skinny Dip 172: Chaz was trying to hump his hippie date.|
|Skins ser.1 ep.3 [TV script] I wanna hump you silly.|
|Cherry Pie [ebook] [M]aintaining the illusion that humping a carpet offcut in front of a bunch of baying drunks seriously got me off.|
|Atomic Lobster 85: We were humping our brains out just this morning .|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 42: She’s been humping this big fermer’s boy fae West Calder.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Crooked Little Vein 26: There was actually a porno documentary pasted between the hump flicks as ‘bonus programming’.|
3. lit. + fig. uses of SE hump, to make a hump in one’s back f. effort etc.
(a) (Aus./US) to take pride in oneself, to fancy oneself; thus humped, proud.
|Quarter Race in Kentucky and Other Sketches 177: Ef thar are anything he humps hisself on besides ugly, it is his manners among the fimmales.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 19 Oct. 7/3: The Hillgrave people are [...] humped on their slugging abilities.|
|Home to Harlem 213: How the brown-skin babies am humping it along! Strutting the joy-stuff! Invitation for a shimmy.|
(b) (US) to exert oneself, to work hard; as imp. hump yourself!, get on with it!
|Big Bear of Arkansas (1847) 126: He was breathin’ sorter hard, his eye set on the Governor, humpin’ himself on politics.|
|Cadiz Democratic Sentinel (OH) 30 May 1/2: What you doin’ you lazy loafin’ nigger? [...] hump yo’sef! You idle, stupid fellow.|
|Roughing It 32: Our party made this specimen [i.e. a jack-rabbit] ‘hump himself,’ as the conductor said.|
|(con. c.1840) Huckleberry Finn 92: Git up and hump yourself, Jim! There ain’t a minute to lose.|
|Artie (1963) 94: I’m goin’ against a tough proposition, and I’ve got to hump myself to keep up.|
|Blazed Trail 160: Our boys died doing their duty – the way a riverman ought to. Now hump yourselves! Don’t let ’em die in vain!|
|Psmith Journalist (1993) 256: Hump yourself.|
|Fighting Blood 27: Hump yourself now and git out this here order!|
|Gas-House McGinty 313: From now on, you’re gonna hump.|
|Sudden Takes the Trail 192: Hump yoreself, yu makeshift; there’s some tall climbin’ ahead o’ yu.|
|High Water 157: We will have to hump to get through Canton tomorrow, though, by God.|
|Pimp 15: All whores have one thing in common just like the chumps humping for the white boss.|
|On High Steel 69: All you do is hump yourself blue in the face.|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 5: Humping and hauling ass all the way.|
|Pugilist at Rest 12: The team leader [...] told me to circumvent the field and hump through the jungle to investigate a small mound of loose red dirt.|
(c) (US) to travel fast, of people or objects.
|Ladies’ Repository (N.Y.) Oct. VIII:37 316/2: Hump, move quick.|
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 210: Just a big rube that’s read the bosses’ ads an’ come a-humpin’ to town for the big wages.|
|Milwaukee Jrnl (Accent) 9 Jan 1/6: hump: to run rapidly.|
|Third Ear n.p.: humping v. 1. walking rapidly.|
|(con. 1969) Grunts xiii: In the bush the grunts humped, walked, after two enemies, the VC [...] and the NVA. [Ibid.] 49: Just how fucking far we gotta hump today, anyway?|
(d) (US/Aus.) to carry heavy objects; esp. in milit. use, patrolling with a heavy pack, weapon, supplies etc.
|implied in hump one’s swag under swag n.1|
|3rd Diary 19 Feb. in Beattie Pioneers explore Otago (1947) 147: Digger custom, we humped our swag containing our house, our bed, our grub, and the necessary instruments .|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Jan. 5/4: Now mount your musty pulpit – thump, / And muddle fat clod-hoppers, / And let some long-eared booby ‘hump’ / The plate about for coppers.|
|‘Romance of the Swag’ in Roderick (1972) 499: I’ve helped hump and drag telegraph poles up cliffs [...] where horses couldn’t go.|
|Dagger [London] Dec. I 5/2: Get off this blinkin’ planet / If you ’opes to ’ump your pack.|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 122: Hump, To: To lift. To carry.|
|Best of Myles (1968) 64: The brother has the landlady humped down to Skerries.|
|Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 47: Two other women came in humping grizzling babies.|
|(con. 1920s) Burglar to the Nobility 7: You could have scraped more gold and silver of our kitchen hearth than Snow White’s little mob could have humped in a week.|
|Holy Smoke 14: You got yer sword and yer spear, and yer shield that that other mug’s humping for yer.|
|Family Arsenal 223: I’d give you a good price and hump it up to the King’s Road.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 94: You think I am a powder puff or soggy stuff thus to be shaped to humping ladies’ underwear round retailers.West in|
|Homeboy 204: I don’t care if you see them hump out a side of beef.|
|Human Stain 255: We did a lot of humpin’, but sooner or later you knew you’d get back to that fifty.|
|Life 93: I need money to hump these drums on the tube.|
(e) (orig. Aus.) often constr. with it, to tramp, to trudge, to go on foot; also in fig. use.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 9 May 9/2: In the translation, the ‘comedy’ appeared to have been left behind, and the stupidity alone humped along.|
|On Our Selection (1953) 5: So we humped it—and talk about a drag!|
|Haxby’s Circus 270: So we humped it.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 342: Then hump around the streets waiting for Time to tell me what happened.letter 6 June in|
|Da (1981) Act II: I think I’ll hump off.|
|Going After Cacciato (1980) 16: Humping to Paris, it was one of those crazy things.|
|Permanent Midnight 346: We’re humping up the seven steps to Tommy’s building.|
4. fig. uses of sense 1, on model of fuck v. (2)
(a) to botch, to spoil.
|,||Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 228/1: Then there was poor Jael Denny, but she was humped, sir, and I’ve told you the reason.|
|Curiosities of Street Lit. 51: To ‘hump,’ in street parlance, is equivalent to ‘botch,’ in more genteel colloquialism.|
(b) (US) to beat up.
|High School Aegis X (4 Nov.) 2–4: I tole ’m how me ole man uster ’ump me ole woman w’en he got an edge on.‘And ’Frisco Kid Came Back’ in|
(c) as a dismissive v. or excl.
|Northern Trib. (Cheboygan, MI) 5 Nov. 3/1: I told that rooster to ‘hump himself’.|
|Beyond the Horizon I ii: Hump! You’re pilin’ lie on lie!|
|Dream Merchants 248: If they don’t like it, they can go hump ’emselves.|
|Ginger Man (1958) 178: Hump your old King [...] Bollocks the King.|
|At Night All Cats Are Grey 250: Hump you, I’ll bloody soon wipe that look off your dial.|
|Book of Irish Farmers’ Jokes 41: And hump you and your bloomin’ gate.|
|Out After Dark 152: Hump the girls.|
|RTÉ Radio News 8 July I was told I should just have told him to hump off [BS].|
|Locked Ward (2013) 122: I see Man U humped you guys at the weekend.|
(d) to make someone else suffer, to exploit, to harm.
|DAUL 104/1: hump v. [...] 2. To cheat; to send to prison unjustly; to abuse or maltreat.et al.|
|Carlito’s Way 5: Them’s the humped — I’m going with the humpers. [Ibid.] 85: They was humping me on the deal.|
|Robbers (2001) 4: Just more folks humping the dollar.|
(e) to suffer.
|Weed (1998) 190: She was going to hump it.|
(US) a general term of abuse; synon. with fuckhead n.
|Clockers 40: I was hoping those humpheads would think that.|
see fuck-me shoes under fuck-me adj.
a popular male catchphrase suggesting that seduction and then abandonment are the best ways of relating to women.
|[song title] ‘Hump ’Em ’n’ Dump ’Em.’.|
1. to leave.
|Arthur’s 29: But before we ’umped it, Ruth made ’im take ’is jacket off.|
|Set This House on Fire 413: ‘Hump it, boy.’ Cass humped it.|
|All Looks Yellow to the Jaundiced Eye 50: He aims a kick at a terrier dog about to lift a leg against the door jamb. ‘Hump off!’.|
|Willy Remembers 89: While we were humping it there to here.|
|Conversations on a Homecoming (1986) 25: Well, says he, stick your neck now back in your trousers and hump off.|
|Pugilist at Rest 83: I want you off this base and I want you to hump it off this base.|
2. to die.
see under relevant n.