noun, plural hum·pies. Australian.

any crude Aborigine hut or shelter, especially a shanty built at the edge of a town.

Nearby words

  1. humphreys peak,
  2. humphries,
  3. humpty,
  4. humpty dumpty,
  5. humpty-dumpty,
  6. hums,
  7. humuhumunukunukuapuaa,
  8. humulin,
  9. humulon,
  10. humungous

Origin of humpy

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



or hump·ie


noun, plural hump·ies.

Origin of humpy


humpback salmon


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for humpies

  • Townsville is simply a collection of humpies and shanties built upon an ill-smelling mud bank.

    Tom Gerrard|Louis Becke
  • Besides these there are several nomadic dwellings, such as tents, bush humpies, and drays.

    Spinifex and Sand|David W Carnegie

British Dictionary definitions for humpies



adjective humpier or humpiest

full of humps
British informal angry or gloomy
Derived Formshumpiness, noun



noun plural humpies

Australian a primitive hut

Word Origin for humpy

C19: from a native Australian language

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