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Humpty Dumpty

[huhmp-tee duhmp-tee] /ˈhʌmp ti ˈdʌmp ti/
an egg-shaped character in a Mother Goose nursery rhyme that fell off a wall and could not be put together again.
(sometimes lowercase) something that has been damaged severely and usually irreparably.
Origin of Humpty Dumpty
rhyming compound based on humpty; see hump, -ed3, -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
  • Tommy put Humpty Dumpty up on the stone wall and ran off with the twins.

    Boy Blue and His Friends Etta Austin Blaisdell and Mary Frances Blaisdell
British Dictionary definitions for Humpty Dumpty

humpty dumpty

/ˈhʌmptɪ ˈdʌmptɪ/
noun (mainly Brit)
a short fat person
a person or thing that once overthrown or broken cannot be restored or mended
Word Origin
C18: after the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Contemporary definitions for Humpty Dumpty

something or someone that cannot be restored once damaged; also written humpty dumpty

Word Origin

from nursery rhyme character's 21st Century Lexicon
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Humpty Dumpty in Culture

“Humpty Dumpty” definition

A nursery rhyme:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall;
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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