bumblepuppy

[ buhm-buhl-puhp-ee ]
/ ˈbʌm bəlˌpʌp i /

noun

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

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Origin of bumblepuppy

First recorded in 1795–1805; bumble1 + puppy
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Example sentences from the Web for bumblepuppy

  • Once married, no man--not even old man Kapus--would be justified in tearing Bumblepuppy from the fond arms of his bride.

    Bunch Grass|Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Bumblepuppy is a synonym of whist played in defiance of certain time- honoured conventions and principles.

    Bunch Grass|Horace Annesley Vachell
  • And here, paddling in the brook like an urchin, we found Bumblepuppy.

    Bunch Grass|Horace Annesley Vachell
  • After this incident, we always spoke of Johnnie as Bumblepuppy.

    Bunch Grass|Horace Annesley Vachell

British Dictionary definitions for bumblepuppy

bumble-puppy

noun

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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