Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hump n.1

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

In derivatives

humpish (adj.)

[late 19C] ill-tempered.

In compounds

hump-nutty (adj.) [nutty adj.2 ]

[1920s] (US) obsessed with sex .

In phrases

dry hump

see separate entries.

get the hump (v.) (also capture the hump, cop the hump, get the humps, have the hump, take the hump) [mid-19C+]

1. to be depressed, miserable.

2. to be over-sensitive or ‘touchy’, thus angry.

give someone the hump (v.)

[mid-19C+] to annoy, to irritate.

have a hump in one’s back (v.)

[1990s+] (US black) of a man, to be in the middle of sexual intercourse.

have one’s hump up (v.)

[mid-19C] to be in a bad mood.

make a hump in one’s back (v.) [the missionary position]

[1960s] of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

on the hump

[1980s+] having sexual intercourse.

throw someone a hump (v.)

[1950s+] to have sexual intercourse with someone.

In exclamations

my hump!

[late 17C+] a general excl. of disdain, dismissal, arrogant contempt.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

hump day (n.) (also hump, hump night) [SE hump, the critical point of an undertaking. Once Wednesday has passed one is coasting ‘downhill’ towards the weekend]

[1950s+] (US) Wednesday, the middle of the week.

In phrases

bust one’s hump (v.)

[1950s+] (US) to work very hard.

bust someone’s hump (v.)

[1970s+] (US) to harass, to annoy, to persecute.

crawl someone’s hump (v.) [crawl v.2 (3)]

[19C+] (US) to attack, to assault.

get a hump on (v.) [one humps one’s back with effort]

[late 19C+] (US) to hurry, to exert oneself.

get one’s hump up (v.) [the way a cat arches its back when angry or threatened]

[mid-19C; 1950s] to get in a temper, to become irritated.

go over the hump (v.)

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.

hit the hump (v.)

[1910s] (US prison) to make an escape attempt.

over the hump

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.

throw a hump (for) (v.)

[1910s] (US und.) to create a distraction to facilitate a pickpocket’s manoeuvres, to work as a stall n.1 (1)