Origin of Humpty Dumpty
Examples from the Web for humpty-dumpty
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|DAILY BEAST
In Trilby we get back, as it were, to Humpty-Dumpty—to its simplicity at least, if not to its pitch of art.George Du Maurier, the Satirist of the Victorians|T. Martin Wood
Humpty-dumpty, short and thick; all of a heap; all together, like an egg.The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
Then the old man told them the story of Humpty-Dumpty;—how he fell downstairs and was raised up again, and married a princess.Christmas Stories And Legends|Various
noun mainly British
Word Origin for humpty dumpty
from French nursery rhyme hero (the rhyme first attested in English 1810), earlier "a short, clumsy person of either sex" (1785), probably a reduplication of Humpty, a pet form of Humphrey. Originally, humpty-dumpty was a drink (1690s), "ale boiled with brandy," probably from hump and dump, but the connection is obscure and there might not be one.
'It's very provoking,' Humpty Dumpty said, ... 'to be called an egg -- very!' ["Through the Looking-Glass," 1872]
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.