What Does Bump Mean?

In this article, we’ll be diving into the term “bump”. I’ll start off by explaining what this word means and the kind of feelings it might stir up when we use it.

I’ll also touch on the appropriate situations for using “bump,” and whether it’s considered okay to use at work and around kids. So, if you’re curious about this common term and want to understand it better, keep reading—this is just the kind of insight you need.

Key Takeaways:

  • What “bump” means: It refers to bringing attention to something by moving it to the top or making it more visible.
  • Emotion invoked: It can suggest eagerness or the desire for engagement.
  • Situations to use it: Often used in online forums or social media.
  • Safe for work: Generally, yes—it’s a common term in online communication.
  • Safe for children: Yes, it’s a simple term without negative connotations.

Meaning of Bump

The term “bump” is used a lot on the internet, especially in forums or on social media pages. When you see someone write “bump” in a comment or as a post, it means they want to “bump up” or raise the visibility of the discussion or item.

Think of it like physically pushing something to the top of a pile so that more people can see it.

Imagine you have a post on the internet that you want more people to notice. Maybe it’s something important or interesting, but it got buried under other posts.

By bumping it, you or someone else is giving it a little nudge so that it goes back to the top of the list. That way, it’s more likely that others will see and react to it.

The feeling behind a bump is usually one of wanting more interaction. For example, if someone’s selling something and nobody’s replied for a while, they might bump the post to get more views and hopefully find a buyer.

When I use “bump” in online spaces, I’m careful that it’s the right time and place. You wouldn’t want to use it too much, because then it would be annoying and could bother other people. It’s all about finding that balance.


Here are three real-world examples of when “bump” can be used:

  1. Online Forums: Let’s say I started a conversation about a book I love on a forum, but after a couple of days, the post has moved down the page and fewer people are seeing it. I can comment “bump” to bring the post back to the top and hopefully re-start the conversation.
  2. Social Media Groups: If I’m part of a group on a platform like Facebook and have an announcement I think is important for everyone in the group to see, typing “bump” can help make sure the announcement gets noticed by more eyes.
  3. Buy and Sell Websites: On websites where I’m trying to sell a bicycle, for example, the listing could be “bumped” to appear higher in search results or on the front page, which increases the chances of finding a buyer.

The word “bump” is a handy tool we use online to make sure important things don’t get lost in the noise. It helps us bring attention exactly where we want it, which can be quite helpful whether we’re looking to spark discussion or sell an old guitar.


  • Janine Swart

    Legal Advisor & Social Media Manager
    In 2011, I achieved admission as an attorney to the Western Cape High Court of South Africa, signaling the initiation of my fulfilling legal journey. Since then, my diverse professional roles immersed me in the intricacies of civil, labour, and criminal law, fostering a well-rounded understanding of various legal domains. Even before my formal admission, my exposure to criminal and labour law laid the foundation for my eventual specialization. Throughout my career, I have remained dedicated to the principles of justice, fairness, and equity, shaping my approach to legal practice. While I hold a special affinity for labour law, my openness to exploring positions in other legal fields underscores my eagerness to expand my expertise and contribute to the legal community in diverse capacities. Beyond my legal practice, I have found a unique intersection between law and modern communication through social media management for law firms. Leveraging my legal background, I bring a distinctive perspective to enhance a law firm’s social media presence. Recognizing the pivotal role of effective communication in the legal realm, I apply my knowledge to curate content that not only engages but also educates and informs the audience. My blend of academic knowledge, practical experience, and commitment to ethical standards positions me as a formidable force in the legal arena. As I continue to evolve professionally, I remain steadfast in my pursuit of a legal career that not only positively impacts individuals and society but also enhances a law firm’s digital footprint through strategic social media management. My social media management skills include: - Facebook Marketing - Instagram Marketing - YouTube Marketing - LinkedIn Marketing - Social Media Marketing