Humpty Dumpty

[ huhmp-tee duhmp-tee ]
/ ˈhʌmp ti ˈdʌmp ti /
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an egg-shaped character in a Mother Goose nursery rhyme that fell off a wall and could not be put together again.
(sometimes lowercase) something that has been damaged severely and usually irreparably.
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Origin of Humpty Dumpty

Rhyming compound based on humpty;see hump, -ed3, -y2
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British Dictionary definitions for Humpty Dumpty

humpty dumpty
/ (ˈhʌmptɪ ˈdʌmptɪ) /

noun mainly British
a short fat person
a person or thing that once overthrown or broken cannot be restored or mended

Word Origin for humpty dumpty

C18: after the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty
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Cultural definitions for Humpty Dumpty

“Humpty Dumpty”

A nursery rhyme:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall;
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.
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