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(Brit) a low padded seat; pouffe
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C20: from humpty hunchbacked, perhaps influenced by Humpty Dumpty (nursery rhyme)
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  • It was a clear paraphrase of the downfall of humpty Dumpty—the restoration alike hopeless, alike impossible.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • "Then wish for them, and fire off this," said humpty Dumpty, handing her a cracker.

  • "humpty Dumpty was blown up instead of falling down," said Alice.

    Uncle Wiggily in Wonderland Howard R. Garis
  • But I never heard that humpty Dumpty did a lot o' squealin' when he bust.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • humpty looked around and found he was beside a pretty little nest in which was one brown egg.

    Mother Goose in Prose L. Frank Baum

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