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Saturday, August 06, 2016

Definitions for bumptious

  1. offensively self-assertive: a bumptious young upstart.

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Citations for bumptious
It was Offenbach's fortune to have even his most egregious effronteries rewarded. ... In other decades his daring might have been considered at least bumptious and possibly dishonorable. He might have been cast out of society and a gentler, more deferential spirit ushered in to enjoy the privileges that Offenbach now enjoyed. Fred Chappell, "Barcarole," More Shapes Than One, 1991
Bumptious, derisive, brimming with jokes about the vulgarity of his medium, he is making a notable career out of biting the hand that feeds him. Robert Lewis Taylor, "Henry Morgan: Radio's freshest wit makes a business of kidding his sponsors," Life, April 14, 1947
Origin of bumptious
1795-1805
Bumptious may be a blend of the words bump and fractious. It entered English in the late 1700s.