Origin of dumps
verb (used with object)
- to knock down: The champion was dumped twice but won the fight.
- to lose (a match) intentionally: a bribe to dump a fight.
- to put (goods or securities) on the market in large quantities and at a low price without regard to the effect on market conditions.
- to sell (goods) into foreign markets below cost in order to promote exports or damage foreign competition.
verb (used without object)
- to offer goods for sale in large quantities at a low price.
- to dump below-cost goods into foreign markets.
- a collection of ammunition, stores, etc., deposited at some point, as near a battlefront, for distribution.
- the ammunition, stores, etc., so deposited.
- a runway or embankment equipped with tripping devices, from which low-grade ore, rock, etc., are dumped.
- the pile of ore so dumped.
- to attack with verbal abuse; criticize harshly: Reporters never tired of dumping on certain public figures.
- to unload one's problems onto (another person): You never phone me without dumping on me.
Origin of dump
Related Words for dumpsdoldrums, gloom, melancholy, dreariness, bummer, trouble, blues, unhappiness, gloominess, blahs
Examples from the Web for dumps
Contemporary Examples of dumps
In the books, Cersei gets very down in the dumps, starts putting on weight, and hits the bottle hard.Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey on Cersei Lannister’s Future and That Controversial Rape Scene
June 17, 2014
Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal dumps on Barack Obama right on the White House lawn.Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on Ukraine, Craps & the Fed
P. J. O’Rourke
February 28, 2014
Just when spirits are lowest, sometimes, we look to sky and see giant flock of dumps soaring together overhead.Sochi’s Impenetrable, Utterly Russian Opening Ceremony
Kelly Williams Brown
February 8, 2014
If the economy is back in the dumps, the nation may just want change.Hillary Derangement Syndrome
April 4, 2013
Stephen Colbert Dumps North Korea It seems as if Kim Jong-un is looking to go steady with America.Beyoncé’s Revenge, Hillary Clinton’s Farewell & More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
February 2, 2013
Historical Examples of dumps
You needn't get into the dumps because you've failed to make good as a journalist.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
That funny dog, Loubet, he was the man to cure one of the dumps if anybody could!The Downfall
The patients like me, and they don't die of the dumps when I am about.The Christian
You see, he had so many years of being one of the Dumps to make up for!
What mattered it to me now, this babble of dumps and dust, of claims and clean-ups?The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Word Origin for dumps
- to market (goods) in bulk and at low prices
- to offer for sale large quantities of (goods) on foreign markets at low prices in order to maintain a high price in the home market and obtain a share of the foreign markets
- a place or area where waste materials are dumped
- (in combination)rubbish dump
Word Origin for dump
Word Origin for dump
"low spirits," 1520s, plural of dumpe "a fit of musing," possibly from Dutch domp "haze, mist," from Middle Dutch damp "vapor" (see damp (n.)).
early 14c., "throw down or fall with force," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish dumpe, Norwegian dumpa "to fall suddenly"). The sense of "unload en masse" is first recorded in American English 1784. That of "discard, abandon" is from 1919. Related: Dumped; dumping. Dump truck is from 1930.
"place where refuse is dumped," 1865, originally of mining operations, from dump (v.). Meaning "any shabby place" is from 1899. Meaning "act of defecating" is from 1942.
see down in the dumps.