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dumpy1

[duhm-pee]
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adjective, dump·i·er, dump·i·est.
  1. dumpish; dejected; sulky.
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Origin of dumpy1

First recorded in 1610–20; dump(s) + -y1

dumpy2

[duhm-pee]
adjective, dump·i·er, dump·i·est.
  1. short and stout; squat: a dumpy figure.
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Origin of dumpy2

First recorded in 1740–50; perhaps akin to dumpling
Related formsdump·i·ly, adverbdump·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dumpy

dumpy1

adjective dumpier or dumpiest
  1. short and plump; squat
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Derived Formsdumpily, adverbdumpiness, noun

Word Origin

C18: perhaps related to dumpling

dumpy2

dumpish (ˈdʌmpɪʃ)

adjective
  1. rare in low spirits; depressed; morose
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Word Origin

C17: from C16 dump; see dumps
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Word Origin and History for dumpy

adj.

"short and stout," 1750, apparently from some noun dump (cf. dumpling), but the connection is unclear.

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