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bumptious

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adjective bump·tious \ˈbəm(p)-shəs\

Simple Definition of bumptious

  • : proud or confident in a loud and rude way that annoys other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bumptious

  1. :  presumptuously, obtusely, and often noisily self-assertive :  obtrusive

bumptiously

adverb

bumptiousness

noun

Examples of bumptious in a sentence

  1. <a bumptious young man whose family wealth gave him a sense of entitlement>



Did You Know?

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 and Etymology of bumptious

1bump + -tious (as in fractious)


First Known Use: 1803


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