offensively self-assertive: a bumptious young upstart.

Origin of bumptious

First recorded in 1795–1805; bump + (frac)tious
Related formsbump·tious·ly, adverbbump·tious·ness, nouno·ver·bump·tious, adjectiveo·ver·bump·tious·ly, adverbo·ver·bump·tious·ness, nounun·bump·tious, adjectiveun·bump·tious·ly, adverbun·bump·tious·ness, noun

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offensively self-assertive or conceited
Derived Formsbumptiously, adverbbumptiousness, noun

Word Origin for bumptious

C19: perhaps a blend of bump + fractious
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Word Origin and History for bumptious

"assertive," 1803, probably a humorous coinage from bump on the pattern of fractious, etc. Related: Bumptiously; bumptiousness.

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