dumdum

1
[duhm-duhm]
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Origin of dumdum

1
First recorded in 1895–1900; named after Dum-Dum, town in India where the bullets were made
Also called dumdum bullet.

dumdum

2
[duhm-duhm]
noun, adjective
  1. dum-dum.

dum-dum

or dumb-dumb

[duhm-duhm]Slang.
noun
  1. a silly, stupid person.
adjective
  1. typical of a dum-dum: another dum-dum idea.

Origin of dum-dum

apparently reduplication and respelling of dumb
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dumdum

noun
  1. a soft-nosed or hollow-nosed small-arms bullet that expands on impact and inflicts extensive lacerationAlso called: dumdum bullet

Word Origin for dumdum

C19: named after Dum-Dum, town near Kolkata (Calcutta) where these bullets were made
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