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[stuhm-pee] /ˈstʌm pi/
adjective, stumpier, stumpiest.
of the nature of or resembling a stump.
short and thick; stubby; stocky.
abounding in stumps:
a stumpy field.
Origin of stumpy
First recorded in 1590-1600; stump + -y1
Related forms
stumpily, adverb
stumpiness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Probably the presence of stumpy made her bashful," suggested Ned.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • As for stumpy, he was just the sort of a lad his name indicated.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • She was stumpy, high bowed, low waisted, with a short black funnel.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • Why had his own fingers been made so stumpy and square-tipped?

  • The same may be said of the different Cryptocephali, who all have stumpy limbs.

  • stumpy succumbed to a. fit of depression from which nothing could rouse him.

    Norman Ten Hundred

    A. Stanley Blicq
  • Flapping his stumpy wings he cried incessantly, "I'll fly, by God, I'll fly!"

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • stumpy was Leopold's dearest friend and most intimate companion.

    The Coming Wave Oliver Optic
  • Leopold and stumpy had nothing to do but pull them in and "slat" them off as fast as they could.

    The Coming Wave Oliver Optic
  • It was exciting work, and the blood of Leopold and stumpy had been up to fever heat.

    The Coming Wave Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for stumpy


adjective stumpier, stumpiest
short and thickset like a stump; stubby
abounding in or full of stumps
Derived Forms
stumpiness, noun
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