bumptious

[ buhmp-shuhs ]
/ ˈbʌmp ʃəs /

adjective

offensively self-assertive: a bumptious young upstart.

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Origin of bumptious

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

OTHER WORDS FROM bumptious

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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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We’re also fond of braggadocious—as a word, not a behavior, to be sure! Bumptious can easily be confused with a similar sounding word that is also close in meaning, presumptuous.

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British Dictionary definitions for bumptious

bumptious
/ (ˈbʌmpʃəs) /

adjective

offensively self-assertive or conceited

Derived forms of bumptious

bumptiously, adverbbumptiousness, noun

Word Origin for bumptious

C19: perhaps a blend of bump + fractious
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