Humpty Dumpty

[ huhmp-tee duhmp-tee ]

  1. an egg-shaped character in a Mother Goose nursery rhyme that fell off a wall and could not be put together again.

  2. (sometimes lowercase) something that has been damaged severely and usually irreparably.

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) /

nounmainly British
  1. a short fat person

  2. a person or thing that once overthrown or broken cannot be restored or mended

Origin of 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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