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Monday, February 27, 2017

Definitions for bumbershoot

  1. Informal: Often Facetious. an umbrella.

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Citations for bumbershoot
Don't try to hurry the job--it may take hours of intermittent attention to put such a bumbershoot back in working order. Next time, be sure the umbrella is dry before you close it. , "How to Repair an Umbrella," Popular Science, April 1957
Considering that he presented nearly two linebackers' worth of surface area to the rain, he would have needed a bumbershoot the size of a beach umbrella to shelter himself completely. Dean Koontz, The Face, 2003
Origin of bumbershoot
Bumbershoot entered English in the late 1800s. Bumber- is a facetious alteration of umbrella and -shoot is a respelling of -chute from parachute.