[ huhmp-tee -duhmp-tee ]
/ ˈhʌmp ti ˈdʌmp ti /
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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British Dictionary definitions for 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
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
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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