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Where does bumptious come from?
For as fun as the word bumptious sounds, its meaning is more forceful. Bumptious is recorded in the late 1790s and is a blend of bump and fractious, meaning “unruly” or “irritable.” Bumptious bumps fractious up to the next level, meaning “offensively self-assertive.”
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Example sentences from the Web for bumptious
Bumptious little man, and yet—and yet there's something in him.The Money Master, Complete|Gilbert Parker
The court was thrown into amazement, and even Bumptious quailed before the fist of the mighty Jorrocks.Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities|Robert Smith Surtees
She was always—not exactly proud like, but what I calls Bumptious.My Novel, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton