humpy

1
[huhm-pee]

Origin of humpy

1
First recorded in 1700–10; hump + -y1
Related formshump·i·ness, noun

humpy

2
[huhm-pee]
noun, plural hum·pies. Australian.
  1. any crude Aborigine hut or shelter, especially a shanty built at the edge of a town.

Origin of humpy

2
1840–50; < Tharapal (Australian Aboriginal language spoken between Moreton Bay and Wide Bay, S Queensland), recorded as umpī (h intrusive)

humpy

3

or hump·ie

[huhm-pee]
noun, plural hump·ies.
  1. humpback salmon.

Origin of humpy

3
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Examples from the Web for humpy

Historical Examples of humpy

  • It was all a feint on the part of Humpy to gain time and carry out his plan.

    Nic Revel

    George Manville Fenn

  • Pete stared as he recognised Humpy Dee and five other partners in the raid.

    Nic Revel

    George Manville Fenn

  • Humpy gave his mouth a slap, as if to shut it, and the settler turned to Nic.

    Nic Revel

    George Manville Fenn

  • When Humpy heard this, his eyes sparkled with excitement and anticipation.

    Rufus and Rose

    Horatio Alger, Jr

  • "He'll kill me if he ever gets hold of me," said Humpy, shuddering.

    Rufus and Rose

    Horatio Alger, Jr


British Dictionary definitions for humpy

humpy

1
adjective humpier or humpiest
  1. full of humps
  2. British informal angry or gloomy
Derived Formshumpiness, noun

humpy

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noun plural humpies
  1. Australian a primitive hut

Word Origin for humpy

C19: from a native Australian language
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