Possibly from Italian trionfi (triumph(s) ).
(US, in the singular, cards) The suit, in a game of cards, that outranks all others.
(British, in the plural, cards) The suit, in a game of cards, that outranks all others.
(cards) A playing card of that suit.
- Diamonds were declared trumps .
(figuratively) Something that gives one an advantage, especially one held in reserve.
An excellent person; a fine fellow, a good egg.
* 1851 ,
- He played an even higher trump .
- All hands voted Queequeg a noble trump ; the captain begged his pardon.
An old card game, almost identical to whist; the game of ruff.
- Alfred is a trump , I think you say.
(in the plural) The major arcana of the tarot
A card of the major arcana
(cards) To play a trump (on a card of another suit).
(cards) To play a trump, or to take a trick with a trump
To get the better of, or finesse, a competitor.
* Ben Jonson
- He knew the hand was lost when his ace was trumped .
(dated) To impose unfairly; to palm off.
* C. Leslie
- to trick or trump mankind
- Authors have been trumped upon us.
- In this election, it would seem issues of national security trumped economic issues.
* (To play a trump card on another suit) ruff
* (To get the better of a competitor) outsmart
* (To play a trump card on another suit) underruff, overruff
* the last trump
* no trump
* trump card
* trump out
* trump up
* under trump
From (etyl) trompe "trumpet" from (etyl) trompe "horn, trump, trumpet", from (etyl) * "trumpet". Akin to (etyl) trumpa, trumba "horn, trumpet", (etyl) tromme "drum", (etyl) trumme "drum". More at (l), (l).
(obsolete) A trumpet.
* Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:52
- In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible
To blow a trumpet.
(intransitive, slang, UK) To flatulate.
- And without warning me, as he lay there, he suddenly trumped next to me in bed.
(psychology) The state or condition of being an idiot; the quality of having an intelligence level far below average; mental retardation.
An act lacking intelligence or sense; an instance of senselessness; extremely foolish behaviour.
- The administrators, growing tired of such idiocy , put a new policy in place.