bumptious

[ buhmp-shuhs ]
/ ˈbʌmp ʃəs /

adjective

offensively self-assertive: a bumptious young upstart.

Origin of bumptious

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