[ duhmps ]
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  1. a depressed state of mind (usually preceded by in the): to be in the dumps over money problems.

Origin of dumps

1515–25; compare German dumpf dull, Middle Dutch domp haze

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How to use dumps in a sentence

  • If she could laugh like that, he need not stay in the dumps.

    The Girl and The Bill | Bannister Merwin
  • If he couldn't get what he wanted at the Morrises', he went out and stole, or visited the dumps at the back of the town.

    Beautiful Joe | Marshall Saunders
  • dumps were made at frequent intervals along the front containing all the materials required for consolidation.

  • The men are splendid—their cheeriness comes up bubbling whenever the occasion calls for the dumps.

    Carry On | Coningsby Dawson
  • Again the atmosphere of dignified dumps and dingy sulkiness.

British Dictionary definitions for dumps


/ (dʌmps) /

pl n
  1. informal a state of melancholy or depression (esp in the phrase down in the dumps)

Origin of dumps

C16: probably from Middle Dutch domp haze, mist; see damp

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Other Idioms and Phrases with dumps


see down in the dumps.

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