Origin of humpy1
- any crude Aborigine hut or shelter, especially a shanty built at the edge of a town.
Origin of humpy2
1840–50; < Tharapal (Australian Aboriginal language spoken between Moreton Bay and Wide Bay, S Queensland), recorded as umpī (h intrusive)
Origin of humpy3
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Examples from the Web for humpy
It was all a feint on the part of Humpy to gain time and carry out his plan.
Pete stared as he recognised Humpy Dee and five other partners in the raid.
Humpy gave his mouth a slap, as if to shut it, and the settler turned to Nic.
Now that Humpy was gone, he was obliged to do this work himself.
When Humpy heard this, his eyes sparkled with excitement and anticipation.
- full of humps
- British informal angry or gloomy
- Australian a primitive hut
C19: from a native Australian language
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