Bumper crop

Bumper crop is an idiom with its origins in the 1600s. We will examine the meaning of the idiom bumper crop, where this phrase came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

A bumper crop is a very large amount. Most often, the term bumper crop is used to describe a high yield of harvest in an agricultural endeavor, but it may be used figuratively to mean a large amount of something. The expression bumper crop came into common use around 1830, but the word bumper dates back farther. In the 1600s, a bumper was an extra large wine cup that when filled to the brim, held a great amount of wine. By the 1700s, the word bumper was used in conversation to mean a large amount of something. By 1830, this definition of the word bumper came to be used mostly in the expressions bumper crop and bumper year.

Examples

California almond growers are on track for a bumper crop this year, producing a record 2.5 billion pounds of almonds, which would be a nine percent increase of over last year’s crop. (Global Trade Magazine)

Concerts a bumper crop at Conant Homestead (The Press Herald)

Much like the bountiful farm fields blanketing the state, lacrosse has been planted in Iowa and is beginning to yield a bumper crop of youth programs. (US Lacrosse Magazine)

What I found was a bumper crop of red oak acorns will greet hunters — and the many critters that love to eat them — this fall, at least in central Minnesota. (The Brainerd Dispatch)

Noting the 30 nonresident kindergarten students this year, Winstead said, “It was a bumper crop of teachers’ kids.” (The Maryville Daily Times)