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humpy2

[huhm-pee]
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noun, plural hum·pies. Australian.
  1. any crude Aborigine hut or shelter, especially a shanty built at the edge of a town.
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Origin of humpy2

1840–50; < Tharapal (Australian Aboriginal language spoken between Moreton Bay and Wide Bay, S Queensland), recorded as umpī (h intrusive)

humpy3

or hump·ie

[huhm-pee]
noun, plural hump·ies.
  1. humpback salmon.
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Origin of humpy3

humpback salmon

noun
  1. 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.
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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

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Settling Day

    Nat Gould

  • The blacks had already set fire to the houses and humpies, and Barker's Creek was in flames.

    Settling Day

    Nat Gould

  • 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

    Louis Becke


British Dictionary definitions for humpies

humpy1

adjective humpier or humpiest
  1. full of humps
  2. British informal angry or gloomy
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Derived Formshumpiness, noun

humpy2

noun plural humpies
  1. Australian a primitive hut
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Word Origin

C19: from a native Australian language
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