Simple Definition of bumptious
: proud or confident in a loud and rude way that annoys other people
Full Definition of bumptious
: presumptuously, obtusely, and often noisily self-assertive : obtrusive
Examples of bumptious in a sentence
<a bumptious young man whose family wealth gave him a sense of entitlement>
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Etymologists believe that "bumptious" was probably coined, perhaps playfully, from the noun "bump" plus "-tious." When "bumptious" was first used around 1800, it meant "self-conceited." Charles Dickens used it that way in David Copperfield: "His hair was very smooth and wavy; but I was informed . . . that it was a wig . . . and that he needn't be so 'bounceable' - somebody else said 'bumptious' - about it, because his own red hair was very plainly to be seen behind."
Origin of bumptious
1bump + -tious (as in fractious)
First Known Use: 1803
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