adjective, hump·i·er, hump·i·est.
- full of humps.
- resembling a hump; humplike.
Origin of humpy1
Related formshump·i·ness, noun
First recorded in 1700–10; hump
noun, plural hum·pies. Australian.
- any crude Aborigine hut or shelter, especially a shanty built at the edge of a town.
Origin of humpy2
1840–50; < Tharapal (Australian Aboriginal language spoken between Moreton Bay and Wide Bay, S Queensland), recorded as umpī (h intrusive)
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Examples from the Web for humpy
Historical Examples of humpy
Pete stared as he recognised Humpy Dee and five other partners in the raid.
It was all a feint on the part of Humpy to gain time and carry out his plan.
Humpy gave his mouth a slap, as if to shut it, and the settler turned to Nic.
Humpy put his thumbs to his nose, and twirled his fingers with a grin of intelligence.
When Humpy heard this, his eyes sparkled with excitement and anticipation.
British Dictionary definitions for humpy
adjective humpier or humpiestDerived Formshumpiness, noun
- full of humps
- British informal angry or gloomy
- Australian a primitive hut
Word Origin for humpy
C19: from a native Australian language
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