Part of speech: noun

An epidemic swelling of the parotid glands.

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Usage examples "mumps":

  1. They even carried this trait so far as to both come down with mumps on the same day, when their unwonted absence from school was the source of much speculation among their friends, who fondly pictured them as indulging in some frolic, until the melancholy truth was known. - "Half a Dozen Girls", Anna Chapin Ray.
  2. I talked to some of his friends who suggested he was a mean one even before he had mumps. - "The Last Straw", William J. Smith.
  3. Well, sir, Hazelton went to the matron last night, and they discovered he had got mumps. - "The Loom of Youth", Alec Waugh.