how to pronounce bump


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bump is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of bump in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… an economic speed bump on the road to …”

meanings of bump


  1. The noise made by the bittern; a boom.
  2. Music, especially played over speakers at loud volume with strong bass frequency response.
  3. A protuberance on a level surface.
  4. A temporary increase in a quantity, as shown in a graph.
  5. The jaw of either of the middle pockets.
  6. A coarse cotton fabric.
  7. A light blow or jolting collision.
  8. One of the protuberances on the cranium which, in phrenology, are associated with distinct faculties or affections of the mind. Also the faculty itself.
  9. The sound of such a collision.
  10. A swelling on the skin caused by illness or injury.
  11. A dose of a drug such as ketamine or cocaine, when snorted recreationally.
  12. A disco dance in which partners rhythmically bump each other's hips together.
  13. A training match for a fighting dog.
  14. The swollen abdomen of a pregnant woman.
  15. In skipping, a single jump over two consecutive turns of the rope.
  16. A post in an Internet forum thread made in order to raise the thread's profile by returning it to the top of the list of active threads.
  17. The point, in a race in which boats are spaced apart at the start, at which a boat begins to overtake the boat ahead.


  1. To move up or down by a step; displace.
  2. To assassinate; to bump off.
  3. To suddenly boil, causing movement of the vessel and loss of liquid.
  4. To move (a booked passenger) to a later flight because of earlier delays or cancellations.
  5. To pick (a lock) with a repeated striking motion that dislodges the pins.
  6. To make a loud, heavy, or hollow noise; to boom.
  7. To move the time of (a scheduled event).
  8. To spread out material so as to fill any desired number of pages.
  9. To post in an Internet forum thread in order to raise the thread's profile by returning it to the top of the list of active threads.
  10. To knock against or run into with a jolt.


  1. Posted in an Internet forum thread in order to raise the thread's profile by returning it to the top of the list of active threads.
  2. Alternative form of bump.


  1. A surname​.

bump frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word bump occurs in english on average 8.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics bump can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that bump can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) people, society, and culture;

3) transport and travel;

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