from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. An acute, inflammatory, contagious disease caused by a paramyxovirus and characterized by swelling of the salivary glands, especially the parotids, and sometimes of the pancreas, ovaries, or testes. This disease, mainly affecting children, can be prevented by vaccination.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A contagious disease caused by a virus of the genus Rubulavirus, mostly occurring in childhood, which causes swelling of glands in the face and neck.
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of mump.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sullenness; silent displeasure; the sulks.
- n. A specific infectious febrile disorder characterized by a nonsuppurative inflammation of the parotid glands, and sometimes causing inflammation of the testes or ovaries; also called epidemic parotitis or infectious parotitis. It is caused by infection with a paramyxovirus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Sullenness; silent displeasure; sulks.
- n. A contagious non-suppurative inflammation of the parotid and sometimes of the other salivary glands and of the circumglandular connective tissue; idiopathic parotitis.
- n. A drinking game.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an acute contagious viral disease characterized by fever and by swelling of the parotid glands
Perhaps from pl. of dialectal mump, grimace.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)