- British a low padded seat; pouffe
C20: from humpty hunchbacked, perhaps influenced by Humpty Dumpty (nursery rhyme)
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Examples from the Web for humpty
A word, Humpty Dumpty told Alice, means whatever I want it to mean.Dear Editors: Ban ‘Redskins’
June 21, 2013
I was seven the first time my mother mailed one of my stories to a magazine (Humpty Dumpty, now defunct).Mother’s Day 2013: Gloria Steinem, Erica Jong & Writers Thank Their Moms
Gloria Steinem, Erica Jong, Fay Weldon, Dalma Heyn, Joyce Maynard
May 12, 2013
As Humpty Dumpty once said, per Lewis Carroll: “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.”How Obama Bungled The War In Libya
June 27, 2011
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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