- a depressed state of mind (usually preceded by in the): to be in the dumps over money problems.
Origin of dumps
1515–25; compare German dumpf dull, Middle Dutch domp haze
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- informal a state of melancholy or depression (esp in the phrase down in the dumps)
C16: probably from Middle Dutch domp haze, mist; see damp
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Word Origin and History for in the dumps
"low spirits," 1520s, plural of dumpe "a fit of musing," possibly from Dutch domp "haze, mist," from Middle Dutch damp "vapor" (see damp (n.)).
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Idioms and Phrases with in the dumps
in the dumps
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