dumpy

1
[duhm-pee]
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Origin of dumpy

1
First recorded in 1610–20; dump(s) + -y1

dumpy

2
[duhm-pee]
adjective, dump·i·er, dump·i·est.
  1. short and stout; squat: a dumpy figure.

Origin of dumpy

2
First recorded in 1740–50; perhaps akin to dumpling
Related formsdump·i·ly, adverbdump·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for dumpy

chubby, chunky, fat, homely, plump, pudgy, roly-poly, squat, stocky, stumpy, tubby, podgy

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British Dictionary definitions for dumpy

dumpy

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

Word Origin for dumpy

C18: perhaps related to dumpling

dumpy

2

dumpish (ˈdʌmpɪʃ)

adjective
  1. rare in low spirits; depressed; morose

Word Origin for dumpy

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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