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humpty

/ˈhʌmptɪ/
noun
1.
(Brit) a low padded seat; pouffe
Word Origin
C20: from humpty hunchbacked, perhaps influenced by Humpty Dumpty (nursery rhyme)
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  • "Then wish for them, and fire off this," said humpty Dumpty, handing her a cracker.

  • But I never heard that humpty Dumpty did a lot o' squealin' when he bust.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • humpty only gets the same as we get, and has done ever since he's been born.

    The Cat and Fiddle Book Lady Florence Bell
  • You forget, humpty, that he always made a fuss about Leonore.

    Leonore Stubbs L. B. Walford
  • Then, as gruffly as I, he said, "humpty Dumpty--after the fall!"

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell

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