- any crude Aborigine hut or shelter, especially a shanty built at the edge of a town.
Origin of humpy2
1840–50; < Tharapal (Australian Aboriginal language spoken between Moreton Bay and Wide Bay, S Queensland), recorded as umpī (h intrusive)
Origin of humpy3
- a pink salmon inhabiting North Pacific waters: so-called because of the hump that appears behind the head of the male when it is ready for spawning.
Origin of humpback salmon
An Americanism dating back to 1800–10
Also called humpy, humpie.
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Examples from the Web for humpies
The shanties in which the men lived and the humpies of the blacks were not visible until the visitor was close on to the spot.
The blacks had already set fire to the houses and humpies, and Barker's Creek was in flames.
Besides these there are several nomadic dwellings, such as tents, bush humpies, and drays.Spinifex and Sand
David W Carnegie
Townsville is simply a collection of humpies and shanties built upon an ill-smelling mud bank.Tom Gerrard
- full of humps
- British informal angry or gloomy
- Australian a primitive hut
C19: from a native Australian language