[ buhmp-shuhs ]
/ ˈbʌmp ʃəs /
offensively self-assertive: a bumptious young upstart.
bump·tious·ly, adverbbump·tious·ness, nouno·ver·bump·tious, adjectiveo·ver·bump·tious·ly, adverb
o·ver·bump·tious·ness, nounun·bump·tious, adjectiveun·bump·tious·ly, adverbun·bump·tious·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bumptious
/ (ˈbʌmpʃəs) /
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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