- offensively self-assertive: a bumptious young upstart.
Origin of bumptious
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Examples from the Web for bumptious
- offensively self-assertive or conceited
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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