bumptious

[ buhmp-shuhs ]
/ ˈbʌmp ʃəs /

adjective

offensively self-assertive: a bumptious young upstart.

Nearby words

  1. bumping race,
  2. bumpkin,
  3. bumpkinly,
  4. bumpoff,
  5. bumppo, natty,
  6. bumptiously,
  7. bumpy,
  8. bumsters,
  9. bumsucking,
  10. bun

Origin of bumptious

First recorded in 1795–1805; bump + (frac)tious

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British Dictionary definitions for bumptious

bumptious

/ (ˈbʌmpʃəs) /

adjective

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

bumptious

adj.

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

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