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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How to use Humpty Dumpty in a sentence
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).Mother’s Day 2013: Gloria Steinem, Erica Jong & Writers Thank Their Moms | Gloria Steinem, Erica Jong, Fay Weldon, Dalma Heyn, Joyce Maynard | May 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Obama team has been working closely with Riyadh to try to put the Yemeni Humpty-Dumpty back together.Ibrahim al Asiri: al Qaeda’s ‘Genius’ Bomb Maker | Bruce Riedel | May 8, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.Christmas Stories And Legends | Various
Humpty-Dumpty fell downstairs, and yet he married a princess.Christmas Stories And Legends | Various
The riddle-rhyme of "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall" is, in one form or other, a favorite throughout Europe.Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales | David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The word Humpty-Dumpty is allied to hump and to dump, words which express roundness and shortness.Comparative Studies in Nursery Rhymes | Lina Eckenstein
The meaning of shortness and roundness is expressed also by the name of the foreign equivalents of Humpty-Dumpty.Comparative Studies in Nursery Rhymes | Lina Eckenstein
British Dictionary definitions for humpty dumpty
a short fat person
a person or thing that once overthrown or broken cannot be restored or mended
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Cultural definitions for “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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