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[duhm-pee] /ˈdʌm pi/
adjective, dumpier, dumpiest.
dumpish; dejected; sulky.
Origin of dumpy1
First recorded in 1610-20; dump(s) + -y1


[duhm-pee] /ˈdʌm pi/
adjective, dumpier, dumpiest.
short and stout; squat:
a dumpy figure.
First recorded in 1740-50; perhaps akin to dumpling
Related forms
dumpily, adverb
dumpiness, noun Unabridged
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  • He was a dumpy, puffy little Italian, and played the heavy father.

  • "I vote that we are all Tyrolese peasanths," lisped the fat and dumpy Mrs. Malone.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • Tildy was dumpy, plain-faced, and too anxious to please to please.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • One is tall and willowy, while the other is short and dumpy.

    Odd Numbers

    Sewell Ford
  • Keep cheerful, Miss Yardely, and don't let Stane get dumpy about the past.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • This gives the boats a dumpy appearance, as they look as if they had been cut short.

  • They are dumpy little birds and do not look as large as their measurements.

    Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • He was small and dumpy and unhandsome, with the dead-white face of a man cook.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for dumpy


adjective dumpier, dumpiest
short and plump; squat
Derived Forms
dumpily, adverb
dumpiness, noun
Word Origin
C18: perhaps related to dumpling


(rare) in low spirits; depressed; morose
Word Origin
C17: from C16 dump; see dumps
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Word Origin and History for dumpy

"short and stout," 1750, apparently from some noun dump (cf. dumpling), but the connection is unclear.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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