1. constr. with the, a fit of bad-humour, a sulk; usu. as get the hump [abbr. SE phr. hump the back, to sulk].
|Chickens Feed Capons 4: Though they are suffered to live, ’tis under many Hardships and Restrictions, many Humps and Grumps.|
|Sl. Dict. 198: Hump low spirits. A costermonger who was annoyed or distressed about anything would describe himself as having ‘the hump’.|
|Voces Populi 3: Never mind your hump.|
|Whirlwind 26 July 67: His sunny vision [...] will dissipate what a picturesquely expressive proletariat invariably describes as ‘the hump’.|
|Punch 28 Mar. 225/1: He’ll prophesy from Mr. Punch’s own time-honoured hump / His power all other’s ‘hump’ to take away from them.|
|Man with Two Left Feet 133: Young Andy still had his hump.‘The Making of Mac’s’|
|Boy in Bush 285: Fair gave me the bally hump.|
|Shipbuilders (1954) 20: ‘Hullo! [...] The hump again?’ ‘Worry, I would call it.’.|
|Little Sister 145: Have to help them over the humps. It gets to be all humps after a while.|
|Sweet Thursday (1955) 100: He ain’t got over the hump yet.|
|Sun. Times Mag. 6 Feb. 10: Marian used to call me Camel because I always had the hump.|
2. (US Und.) the midpoint of one’s prison sentence [image of the hump as a midpoint].
|Vocab. Criminal Sl. 46: hump [...] the half-way point in a prison sentence. Example: ‘How long have you got yet on your bit? I’m just over the hump.’.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 105: Hump. – [...] The middle of a prison sentence, in this case the prisoner feeling the worst is over, and that in a sense he is able to ‘coast’ or slide down the other side.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|DAUL 104/1: Hump, n. 1. (P) The halfway mark in a prison term.et al.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 804: hump – The middle of a prison sentence.|
3. (orig. US) in sexual contexts [hump v.1 (1); the physical movement of ‘missionary position’ intercourse].
(a) an act of sexual intercourse.
|in Letter from My Father (1978) 57: The nigger mill hands [...] paid for their ‘hump’.|
|(con. 1880–1924) Anecdota erótica 9: The ’ore is familiar with him and the Englishman finally says: ‘If you don’t stop that familiarity this ’ump is off.’.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 105: Hump. – [...] Sexual intercourse.|
|‘Cary Grant in “Who’s a Fairy?”’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 101: I can give you a good hump without even turning around.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 370: The camel has a lot of fun. / His height’s ample when he has done. / He always gets two humps for one / When he revels in the throes of fornication.|
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 199: What does a jury make of a testimony to the effect that the first hump was for love, the next two for kicks and all the others were rape?|
|Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed 23: No one’s talkin’ about gettin’ married – just a quick hump in the back fields, that’s all.|
|‘Open Book’ in Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 113: A counterfeit chump, the result of a hump, / twixt a Spaniard, a Yaqui and a Jig.|
|Trainspotting 174: Nae kinky stuff, jist a straight hump.|
|Nature Girl 61: He had no intention of relaxing, not even for a fifteen-minute hump on the sofa.|
(b) (US) playing on sense 3a, a semi-euph. for fuck n. (2a), e.g. I don’t give a hump.
|General Wood’s speech at The Selwyn Hotel, quoted in Charlotte (NC) Observer 6 July [Internet] All this is for the soldier for personally we do not give a ‘hump’ who gets a camp, but we must play the game squarely and try to give them the best place possible.|
(c) a person, usu. a woman, considered purely as a sexual object.
|in Twenties (1975) 175: She don’t yet know he’s a bum hump!|
|Sexus (1969) 256: She certainly was a good piece of hump.|
|DAUL 104/1: Hump, n. [...] 2. Loose women and prostitutes as a class; the act of copulation.et al.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 7: Freddy [...] yelled at them to go fuck their mothers, ya cottonpickin bastards. I hear shes a good hump.|
|Silence of the Lambs (1991) 20: They call him Buffalo Bill because he skins his humps.|
|(con. 1960s) Blood’s a Rover 34: A boozer, a gambler and a woim,anizer. A sweet-natured hump.|
(d) (US prison) a (passive) male homosexual.
|DAUL 104/1: Hump, n. [...] 3. (P) A passive pederast; pederasty.et al.|
4. with ref. to the defining physical aspect of the zoological camel.
(a) (Aus.) a camel.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 4 July 15/1: The camel is the boss kicker of the universe. Hump’s hind leg will reach anywhere.|
|Other Side of the Circus 65: We call the camels the ‘humps’ and the zebras the ‘convicts’.|
|Cobbers 27: These humps had to be trained to go without [...] A camel would drink all day long if you let him.|
(b) (US, also hump cigarette) a Camel (brandname) cigarette.
|(con. 1918–19) Beginning of Wisdom 295: ‘Got a hump, Sellaby?’ said Bennett [...] He was indefatigable at bumming cigarettes.|
|No More Trumpets 28: Say, buddy, you ain’t got another hump there, have you?|
|Bound for Glory (1969) 230: He didn’t smoke hump cigarets.|
|Dict. Service Sl. n.p.: have you got a hump on you? . . . stake me to a cigaret.|
5. as a person.
(a) a contemptible person, esp. a man.
|‘Campus Lingo’ in Reading (PA) Eagle 20 Mar. 7/2: A person, place or thing that is no good has earned the dubious title of a ‘hump’.|
|Big Smoke 52: Get out, you little black hump.|
|Patrolman 70: He just got here himself, the hump.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 87: That hump gets on my nerves.|
|Lucky You 79: Normally the little hump didn’t check the VCR unless there’d been a robbery.|
|Goodoo Goodoo 123: Evidently that hump in the yellow dress was his girlfriend.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 131: Where’s that hump Maynard Moore?|
|Mystery Bay Blues 241: [of a woman] I got better things to do than worry about that hump.|
|Wire ser. 1 ep. 2 [TV script] How come they send you every worthless hump in plainclothes? You ask for men, they send you drunks and fuck-ups.‘The Detail’|
|The Force [ebook] [of a lawyer] ‘What did that hump want?’.|
(b) a general term for a person, basically a peasant or manual worker.
|Shiralee 44: Them fussy humps, you can’t satisfy them.|
|Bachman Books (1995) 298: I got girls everywhere, you dumb hump.Long Walk in|
|Tourist Season (1987) 89: This hump Bloodworth says he heard there’s some connection between Bellamy and Sparky Harper.|
|(con. 1950) L.A. Confidential [film script] In the back seat, with cases of Walker Black and Cutty Sark, is Bud’s partner – dick stensland. Older, but also a tough hump, ‘Stens’ sucks on a pint of Old Crow.|
|You Got Nothing Coming 252: Didja know Lenny da Hump that usta hang out on Flatbush?|
6. see hump day
|Pall Mall Gazette 4 May 2/2: ‘The omee [...] is humpish to-night,’ remarks the durrynacker.|
see humpy adj.2 (2)
(US) a brothel .
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 144: Frankie she worked in a hump-house.|
(US) obsessed with sex .
|in Twenties (1975) 175: Why, he’s hump-nutty!|
see separate entries.
1. to be depressed, miserable.
|Sl. Dict. (6th edn) 198: A costermonger who was annoyed or distressed about anything would describe himself as having ‘the hump’.|
|Punch 10 Jan. 24: I had got the ’ump, and no error [...].|
|Mord Em’ly 237: One evening, I’d got a rare old ’ump of it; as down in the mouth as – well, I don’t suppose you can understand.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Aug. 13/4: ‘What’s the matter, old man?’ / ‘I don’t know. Suppose I’ve got the hump.’ / ‘What about?’ / ‘Oh nothing! Everything!’.|
|Seven Years Hard 69: ‘No foolin’ now,’ says he; ‘I’ve got the bloomin’ ’ump, and I can’t stand nothink. Wot d'you mean by arstin’ me to drink?’.|
|Psmith in the City (1993) 15: ‘Father’s worried about something.’ ‘He looked as if he’d got the hump rather at dinner.’.|
|Northern Star (Lismore, NSW) 24 Jan. 8/3: To have ‘the hump’ does not come from the camel’s back.|
|Stone Mad (1966) 186: He has the humps now.|
|(con. 1920s) Your Dinner’s Poured Out! 219: It gave me the hump, i.e. bored me.|
|Observer Cash 3 Oct. 7: You won’t get the hump on holiday with good insurance.|
2. to be over-sensitive or ‘touchy’, thus angry.
|No. 5 John Street 295: Then you’ll fit the ’ump, an’ cuss the dye you tried to mike a lidy out of a fightin’ flower-gal.|
|Sporting Times 1 Sept. 1/4: His dad, the old chump, / Has got tired of Bill’s idling, and captured the hump.‘A Thinker’|
|Kia Ora Coo-ee 15 Mar. 14/3: At all parades the ‘winds up,’ and in the lines as well, / Till we all get the hump of it, and it’s the truth to tell, / We strafe the Orderly Sergeant, and wish he were in Hell!|
|(con. WWI) Battle Stories July [Internet] Jerry had suddenly got the hump.‘So This Is Flanders!’|
|Me And Gus (1977) 64: After I had straightened the hump out of my back.‘Rivals’ in|
|Poor Man’s Orange 152: Put a hump on himself like a ferret ... shaping up to me.|
|Villain’s Tale 50: All right, Dolly, you got the hump. What’s the problem then?|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Look, don’t, don’t get the hump with us.‘To Hull and Back’|
|It Was An Accident 52: Once he got the serious hump after he got shot on my account.|
|Filth 36: The sad cunt took the hump and fucked off.|
|Guardian G2 1 Feb. 16: Would Lennon get the hump if the modfather didn’t consult him before blowing all their savings on a customised Velocifero and a quantity of hard oak flooring?|
|Layer Cake 19: It’s a sure sign you’ve been in the game too long, when a guy turns up to give you twenty large and you’re getting the hump cos it ain’t all facing the right way.|
|Raiders 2: The last thing you want is [...] to find that your wheelman has copped the hump with you and gone for a cuppa. [Ibid.] 5: Tough Tony [...] got the raving hump over injustice.|
|Viva La Madness 39: Sonny [...] has only three moods — got-the-hump, hostile or mad ecstatic.|
to annoy, to irritate.
|‘’Arry on the Elections’ in Punch 12 Dec. 277/2: It gives one the fair, blooming ’ump.|
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 3 Jan. 6/1: The rest of the rhyme might make modesty frown, / And give our friend Camphor the hump.|
|Hooligan Nights 104: Give me the fair ’ump, it did.|
|[perf. Marie Lloyd] Sleep! Sleep! [lyrics] He’ll never be no better and it fair gives me the hump.|
|Fact’ry ’Ands 51: Pastin’ beastly bags fer Spats at a tizzy a drayload, it fair gi’s me the ’ump.|
|‘New Church’ Times 8 May (2006) 66/2: How those bangs give me the hump.|
|Well of Loneliness (1976) 349: You’re not playing fair with that girl; the life she’s leading would depress a mother abbess. It’s enough to give anybody the hump.|
|Good Companions 381: In fact the place gives me the hump, absolutely.|
|Cobbers 5: These medical inspections gimme the hump.|
|Saved Scene v: This dump gives me the ’ump.|
|A Life (1981) Act I: Peculiar day, Good Friday: give you the hump.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Let’s get out of here Del, he’s giving me the hump!‘Sleeping Dogs Lie’|
|Guardian Editor 15 Oct. 10: It gives her the right hump when she has to buy the larger sizes to fit over her boobs.|
(US black) of a man, to be in the middle of sexual intercourse.
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 191: Everybody feels like Superman with a helluva hump in his back.|
|Pimp’s Rap 196: The brother had a hump in his back and was making ugly faces.|
to be in a bad mood.
|, ,||Sl. Dict. 198: ‘To have one’s hump up,’ to be cross or ill-tempered ― like a cat with its back set up.|
of a man, to have sexual intercourse.
|Scene (1996) 33: He crawled right in [to bed] beside her and made a hump in his back, without even being asked.|
having sexual intercourse.
|Union Street 3: ‘There’s some of us still trying to sleep.’ ‘No bloody wonder. On the hump all night.’.|
see peddle one’s ass under peddle v.
to have sexual intercourse with someone.
|DAUL 222/2: Throw one a hump. 1 [...] 2. To engage in sexual intercourse with one. 3. To be intimate with, as with a passive pederast.et al.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 40: He worked [...] in the morgue, and this nice lookin young head croaks so he throws a hump inner.|
|One Police Plaza 159: I took her into the bedroom, took off her cotton drawers, and threw her a hump.|
a general excl. of disdain, dismissal, arrogant contempt.
|A Life (1981) Act II: In me hump it happened.|
SE in slang uses
(US) Wednesday, the middle of the week.
|‘Aircraft Production Dispatcher’s Vocab.’ AS XXX:3 226: hump night, n. Wednesday night, which is over the hump of the week.|
|Current Sl. I:3 4/2: Hump night, n. Wednesday.|
|Current Sl. II:2 18: Hump, n. The middle of the week, ‘hump day.’.|
|Mean Girls [movie script] I’m gonna make you girls a ‘hump day’ treat.|
(US) to work very hard.
|(con. 1943) Big War 285: I’ve been busting my hump for seven days.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 88: No matter how much you busted your hump trying to be one of them, you’d never belong, they wouldn’t let you.|
|Cogan’s Trade (1975) 15: He’s down there, busting his hump, up to his ass in oil and stuff.|
|Muscle for the Wing 154: She’d busted her hump [...] peeling shrimp at the dock.|
|Pistone & Woodley Donnie Brasco [film script] Thirty years I’m busting my hump. What have I got?|
|Pound for Pound 67: After busting his hump in the gym, it was no fun to come home.|
|The Force [ebook] You’re out there, busting your hump, all the time.|
(US) to harass, to annoy, to persecute.
|Last Detail 107: Charlotte, don’t bust my hump.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 42: She would make me feel undesired and I would want to bust her hump for it.|
|The Force [ebook] ‘How’s life treating you?’ [...] ‘Sykes is busting my hump’.|
(US) to attack, to assault.
|Wolfville 243: If you insists on puchin’ along through yere I’ll turn in an’ crawl yer hump some.|
|Arizona Nights 149: Here I pick you up on the street and save your worthless carcass, and the first chance you get you try to crawl my hump. Explain.|
|DN IV:ii 165: crawl one’s hump, v. phr. To kill one.‘Further Word-List – Arizona’ in|
|(con. 1918) Sergeant Eadie 47: And then to have his hump crawled by the first sergeant!|
|Sudden 54: There’s me, shiverin’ in my shoes, waitin’ for a big stiff to come an’ crawl my hump.|
(US) to hurry, to exert oneself.
|Harper’s Mag. Feb. 487/2: ‘We went fast enough then.’ ‘We do seem to be gittin’ a leetle less hump on oursel’s than we did then’ [DA].|
|DN III:ii 137: get a hump on (one’s self), v.phr. To hurry; to show energy.‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in|
|Making Over Martha (2005) 6: She don’t work hard enough, as it is. Get a hump on, mother! Get a hump on.|
|Mucker (2004) 119: I do know dat if we wants to get out o’ here we gotta get a hump on ourselves good an’ lively.|
|(con. 1820s) Wabash 231: ‘Let’s git a hump on, Allen,’ Abe said; and the two boys dipped their oars deeper into the brown water.|
to get in a temper, to become irritated.
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. (2nd edn).|
|, ,||Sl. Dict.|
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act II: If there’s one thing that gets my hump, it’s knocking off – it’s looting.|
1. to finish a job.
|Coll. Stories (1990) 41: They finished out their rows and went over the hump.‘Let Me at the Enemy’ in|
2. (US) to pass one’s prime, to decline in ability.
|Harder They Fall (1971) 44: Everything’s copasetic until Speedy goes over the hump.|
|(con. 1943) Big War 159: You think you can walk off and get out from under by going over the hump [...] Getting drunk.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 424: I haven’t altered my conviction that this nation is going over the hump.letter 1 Dec. in|
3. (US drugs) to become intoxicated by a drug, usu. marijuana.
|Traffic In Narcotics 309: go over the hump. To attain exhilaration from using drugs.|
(US prison) to make an escape attempt.
|AS VIII:3 (1933) 27/2: HIT THE HUMP. Try to escape.‘Prison Dict.’ in|
1. (orig. US) over the worst, past the midpoint of a job or experience, usu. an unpleasant one.
|[||Denton (MD) Journal 24 Oct. 1/7: Slang of the Sailor [...] To re-enlist is to ‘slip over,’ and when more than half the enlistment is in, a sailor is ‘going downhill.’].|
|[||Vocab. Criminal Sl. 46: hump [...] the half-way point in a prison sentence. Example: ‘How long have you got yet on your bit? I’m just over the hump.’].|
|AS II:9 390: To be over the hump and going down-grade is to be more than half-through with something,—a stretch of work or incarceration.‘Argot of the Vagabond’ in|
|Lang. Und. (1981).‘Argot of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|What Makes Sammy Run? (1992) 102: I’m over the hump [...] From now on I can write my own ticket.|
|Entrapment (2009) 93: Upstairs, on the topmost tier [...] hustlers over the hump for redemption.Little Lester’ in|
|DAUL 150/2: Over the hump. [...] 2. (P) Past midpoint of prison sentence; at the beginning of the second half of one’s prison term.et al.|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore 69: Go down the hump – Of a drug addict taking the cure, [...] to be past the worst part.|
|Slam the Big Door (1961) 64: Troy has the idea a few more hundred thousand dollars will get it over the hump.|
|Life at the Bottom 202: That’s when you’re over the hump, Hump Night they called it, halfway home.|
|Candy 43: We got over the hump and were beginning to feel all right.|
2. gone beyond return or reversal.
|Man with the Golden Arm 205: Over the hump for redemption [...] they hurried forward all the faster into the darkness.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 453: Marxism is over the hump for the time being.letter 23 May in|
3. (US drugs) enjoying the peak of a drug experience.
|Traffic In Narcotics 313: over the hump. Drug-exhilarated.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 199: over the hump (go) [...] To feel the full exhilaration of a narcotic.|
(US und.) to create a distraction to facilitate a pickpocket’s manoeuvres, to work as a stall n.1 (1)
|Jackson Dly News (MS) 1 Apr. 7/1: Crook Chatter [...] ‘Fresno Phil flew me a kite last week sayin’ they was a dozen raps against me for “throwin a hump” for him in St Louis’.|