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.
Origin of Humpty Dumpty
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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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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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