[ buhm-buh l-puhp-ee ]
/ ˈbʌm bəlˌpʌp i /


a game of whist played carelessly or contrary to rules and conventions.

Origin of bumblepuppy

First recorded in 1795–1805; bumble1 + puppy
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Examples from the Web for bumble-puppy

  • For the latter have played not whist, but Bumble-puppy, and the former have only frequented a watering-place for a time.

British Dictionary definitions for bumble-puppy



a game in which a ball, attached by string to a post, is hit so that the string winds round the post
(modifier) (of whist or bridge) played unskilfully
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