- a depressed state of mind (usually preceded by in the): to be in the dumps over money problems.
Origin of dumps
- to drop or let fall in a mass; fling down or drop heavily or suddenly: Dump the topsoil here.
- to empty out, as from a container, by tilting or overturning.
- to unload or empty out (a container), as by tilting or overturning.
- to be dismissed, fired, or released from a contract: The first baseman was dumped from the team after hitting .210 for the first half of the season.
- to transfer or rid oneself of suddenly and irresponsibly: Don't dump your troubles on me!
- Boxing Slang.
- to knock down: The champion was dumped twice but won the fight.
- to lose (a match) intentionally: a bribe to dump a fight.
- to put (goods or securities) on the market in large quantities and at a low price without regard to the effect on market conditions.
- to sell (goods) into foreign markets below cost in order to promote exports or damage foreign competition.
- Computers. to print, display, or record on an output medium (the contents of a computer's internal storage or the contents of a file), often at the time a program fails.
- Slang. to kill; murder: threats to dump him if he didn't pay up.
- to fall or drop down suddenly.
- to throw away or discard garbage, refuse, etc.
- to offer goods for sale in large quantities at a low price.
- to dump below-cost goods into foreign markets.
- to release contents: a sewage pipe that dumps in the ocean.
- Slang. to complain, criticize, gossip, or tell another person one's problems: He calls me up just to dump.
- Slang: Vulgar. to defecate.
- an accumulation of discarded garbage, refuse, etc.
- Also called dumpsite, dumping-ground. a place where garbage, refuse, etc., is deposited.
- a collection of ammunition, stores, etc., deposited at some point, as near a battlefront, for distribution.
- the ammunition, stores, etc., so deposited.
- the act of dumping.
- a runway or embankment equipped with tripping devices, from which low-grade ore, rock, etc., are dumped.
- the pile of ore so dumped.
- Informal. a place, house, or town that is dilapidated, dirty, or disreputable.
- (in merchandising) a bin or specially made carton in which items are displayed for sale: Fifty copies of the best-selling paperback novel were in a dump near the checkout counter.
- Computers. a copy of the contents of a computer's internal storage or of the contents of a file at a given instant, that is printed, displayed, or stored on an output medium.
- dump on (someone), Informal.
- to attack with verbal abuse; criticize harshly: Reporters never tired of dumping on certain public figures.
- to unload one's problems onto (another person): You never phone me without dumping on me.
Origin of dump
Examples from the Web for dumps
In the books, Cersei gets very down in the dumps, starts putting on weight, and hits the bottle hard.Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey on Cersei Lannister’s Future and That Controversial Rape Scene
June 17, 2014
Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal dumps on Barack Obama right on the White House lawn.Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on Ukraine, Craps & the Fed
P. J. O’Rourke
February 28, 2014
Just when spirits are lowest, sometimes, we look to sky and see giant flock of dumps soaring together overhead.Sochi’s Impenetrable, Utterly Russian Opening Ceremony
Kelly Williams Brown
February 8, 2014
If the economy is back in the dumps, the nation may just want change.Hillary Derangement Syndrome
April 4, 2013
Stephen Colbert Dumps North Korea It seems as if Kim Jong-un is looking to go steady with America.Beyoncé’s Revenge, Hillary Clinton’s Farewell & More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
February 2, 2013
You needn't get into the dumps because you've failed to make good as a journalist.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
That funny dog, Loubet, he was the man to cure one of the dumps if anybody could!The Downfall
The patients like me, and they don't die of the dumps when I am about.The Christian
You see, he had so many years of being one of the Dumps to make up for!
What mattered it to me now, this babble of dumps and dust, of claims and clean-ups?The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
- informal a state of melancholy or depression (esp in the phrase down in the dumps)
- to drop, fall, or let fall heavily or in a mass
- (tr) to empty (objects or material) out of a container
- to unload, empty, or make empty (a container), as by tilting or overturning
- (tr) informal to dispose of
- (tr) to dispose of (waste, esp radioactive nuclear waste) in the sea or on land
- to market (goods) in bulk and at low prices
- to offer for sale large quantities of (goods) on foreign markets at low prices in order to maintain a high price in the home market and obtain a share of the foreign markets
- (tr) to store (supplies, arms, etc) temporarily
- (intr) slang, mainly US to defecate
- (tr) surfing (of a wave) to hurl a swimmer or surfer down
- (tr) Australian and NZ to compact (bales of wool) by hydraulic pressure
- (tr) computing to record (the contents of part or all of the memory) on a storage device, such as magnetic tape, at a series of points during a computer run
- a place or area where waste materials are dumped
- (in combination)rubbish dump
- a pile or accumulation of rubbish
- the act of dumping
- informal a dirty or unkempt place
- military a place where weapons, supplies, etc, are stored
- slang, mainly US an act of defecation
- obsolete a mournful song; lament
Word Origin and History for dumps
"low spirits," 1520s, plural of dumpe "a fit of musing," possibly from Dutch domp "haze, mist," from Middle Dutch damp "vapor" (see damp (n.)).
early 14c., "throw down or fall with force," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish dumpe, Norwegian dumpa "to fall suddenly"). The sense of "unload en masse" is first recorded in American English 1784. That of "discard, abandon" is from 1919. Related: Dumped; dumping. Dump truck is from 1930.
"place where refuse is dumped," 1865, originally of mining operations, from dump (v.). Meaning "any shabby place" is from 1899. Meaning "act of defecating" is from 1942.
Idioms and Phrases with dumps
see down in the dumps.