dumps

[ duhmps ]
/ dʌmps /

noun

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

Definition for dumps (2 of 2)

dump

[ duhmp ]
/ dʌmp /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

Origin of dump

1250–1300; Middle English (in sense “to fall suddenly”) < Old Norse dumpa strike, bump; modern senses as transitive v. and noun (not known before 19th cent.) perhaps < another source, or independent expressive formation
Related formsdump·er, nounun·dumped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dumps (1 of 3)

dumps

/ (dʌmps) /

pl n

informal a state of melancholy or depression (esp in the phrase down in the dumps)

Word Origin for dumps

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

British Dictionary definitions for dumps (2 of 3)

dump

1
/ (dʌmp) /

verb

noun

See also dump on
Derived Formsdumper, noun

Word Origin for dump

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dumpa to fall suddenly, Middle Low German dumpeln to duck

British Dictionary definitions for dumps (3 of 3)

dump

2
/ (dʌmp) /

noun

obsolete a mournful song; lament

Word Origin for dump

C16: see damp
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Idioms and Phrases with dumps

dumps


see down in the dumps.

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