1. [late 19C+] constr. with the, a fit of bad-humour, a sulk; usu. as get the hump [abbr. SE phr. hump the back, to sulk].
2. [1910s+] (US Und.) the midpoint of one’s prison sentence [image of the hump as a midpoint].
3. (orig. US) in sexual contexts [hump v.1 (1); the physical movement of ‘missionary position’ intercourse].
(a) [1910s+] an act of sexual intercourse.
(b) [1910s+] (US) playing on sense 3a, a semi-euph. for fuck n. (2a), e.g. I don’t give a hump.
(c) [1920s+] a person, usu. a woman, considered purely as a sexual object.
(d) [1940s–50s] (US prison) a (passive) male homosexual.
4. with ref. to the defining physical aspect of the zoological camel.
(a) [1910s+] (Aus.) a camel.
(b) [1920s+] (US, also hump cigarette) a Camel (brandname) cigarette.
5. [1950s+] as a person.
(a) a contemptible person, esp. a man.
(b) a general term for a person, basically a peasant or manual worker.
6. see hump day
[late 19C] ill-tempered.
see humpy adj.2 (2)
[1920s] (US) a brothel .
[1920s] (US) obsessed with sex .
see separate entries.
1. to be depressed, miserable.
2. to be over-sensitive or ‘touchy’, thus angry.
[mid-19C+] to annoy, to irritate.
[1990s+] (US black) of a man, to be in the middle of sexual intercourse.
[mid-19C] to be in a bad mood.
[1960s] of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
[1980s+] having sexual intercourse.
see peddle one’s ass under peddle v.
[1950s+] to have sexual intercourse with someone.
[late 17C+] a general excl. of disdain, dismissal, arrogant contempt.
SE in slang uses
[1950s+] (US) Wednesday, the middle of the week.
[1950s+] (US) to work very hard.
[1970s+] (US) to harass, to annoy, to persecute.
[19C+] (US) to attack, to assault.
[late 19C+] (US) to hurry, to exert oneself.
[mid-19C; 1950s] to get in a temper, to become irritated.
1. [1940s] to finish a job.
2. [1940s+] (US) to pass one’s prime, to decline in ability.
3. [1950s] (US drugs) to become intoxicated by a drug, usu. marijuana.
[1910s] (US prison) to make an escape attempt.
1. [1910s+] (orig. US) over the worst, past the midpoint of a job or experience, usu. an unpleasant one.
2. [1940s–60s] gone beyond return or reversal.
3. [1950s] (US drugs) enjoying the peak of a drug experience.
[1910s] (US und.) to create a distraction to facilitate a pickpocket’s manoeuvres, to work as a stall n.1 (1)