/ ˈhʌmptɪ /


  1. a low padded seat; pouffe
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of humpty1

C20: from humpty hunchbacked, perhaps influenced by Humpty Dumpty (nursery rhyme)
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Example Sentences

A word, Humpty Dumpty told Alice, means whatever I want it to mean.

Near that was another poster marked “read-a-rhyme” and featuring Humpty Dumpty.

I was seven the first time my mother mailed one of my stories to a magazine (Humpty Dumpty, now defunct).

The Obama team has been working closely with Riyadh to try to put the Yemeni Humpty-Dumpty back together.

As Humpty Dumpty once said, per Lewis Carroll: “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.”

"Humpty-Dumpty," cried others; and there was a famous uproar.

Humpty-Dumpty fell downstairs, and yet he married a princess.

The riddle-rhyme of "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall" is, in one form or other, a favorite throughout Europe.

The word Humpty-Dumpty is allied to hump and to dump, words which express roundness and shortness.

The meaning of shortness and roundness is expressed also by the name of the foreign equivalents of Humpty-Dumpty.





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