- a hollow-nosed or soft-nosed bullet that expands on impact, inflicting a severe wound.
Origin of dumdum1
First recorded in 1895–1900; named after Dum-Dum, town in India where the bullets were made
Also called dumdum bullet.
- a silly, stupid person.
- typical of a dum-dum: another dum-dum idea.
Origin of dum-dum
apparently reduplication and respelling of dumb
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Examples from the Web for dumdum
The stories of the effects of the Throg's dumdum weapon were anything but pretty.Storm Over Warlock
All I could get out of it was that a dumdum bullet had smashed his right shinbone.Men in War
Another large poster appeared in all parts of the town stating that the British had been convicted of using Dumdum bullets.Wounded and a Prisoner of War
Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay
March 8—British charge that German dumdum bullets were found after a recent battle in Egypt.
The Declaration concerning expanding (dumdum) bullets; see below, 112.International Law. A Treatise. Volume II (of 2)
Lassa Francis Oppenheim
- a soft-nosed or hollow-nosed small-arms bullet that expands on impact and inflicts extensive lacerationAlso called: dumdum bullet
C19: named after Dum-Dum, town near Kolkata (Calcutta) where these bullets were made
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