bumpy

adjective
\ ˈbəm-pē How to pronounce bumpy (audio) \
bumpier; bumpiest

Definition of bumpy

1 : having or covered with bumps
2a : marked by bumps or jolts
b : marked by or full of difficulties

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Other Words from bumpy

bumpily \ ˈbəm-​pə-​lē How to pronounce bumpily (audio) \ adverb
bumpiness \ ˈbəm-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce bumpiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of bumpy in a Sentence

The road is very bumpy. the bumpy skin of a cucumber The flight was very bumpy. The road was rough so we had a bumpy ride.
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But for all of her powerful patrons, achievements and drive, the Senate terrain can still seem bumpy. Washington Post, "For Duckworth, a baby will bring down yet another barrier," 19 Feb. 2018 Now the area is home to Lousetown Road, a scenic but bumpy drive 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Virginia City, Nevada, the old historic Comstock town. Rachel D'oro, The Seattle Times, "Alaska town seeks to remove ‘Lousetown’ nickname from code," 10 Sep. 2018 Unfortunately, the movie’s narrative putters on its way, contrived and bumpy but made diverting by performances from the two holdovers from the original film. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Sicario’ sequel straddles the border," 28 June 2018 She has also been blamed for the bumpy start of the current coalition government, which nearly collapsed twice since the end of June amid conflicting views on migration issues. Andrea Thomas, WSJ, "Three Candidates Seek to Succeed Merkel at Helm of Party," 30 Oct. 2018 To reach his factory, a visitor has to travel down a bumpy dirt road. Alexandra Stevenson, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s tariffs may hurt as trade war worsens, but quitting China is hard to do. Why other countries can’t fill the bill.," 24 Sep. 2018 For example, was Amazon’s recent bumpy stock ride enough to make Jeff Bezos and his lieutenants more cautious? Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "What might be behind the latest twist on Amazon’s HQ2(s)," 6 Nov. 2018 Its 32 microspines are inspired by the spines that run up and down insect legs and can hook into bumpy surfaces. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Inspired by Wasps, This Micro-Drone Lifts 40 Times its Weight," 25 Oct. 2018 Its tight curves and a bumpy surface regularly send the world’s best drivers spinning. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "How GM exec Mark Reuss crashed at Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of bumpy

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bumpy was in 1865

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bumpy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bumpy

of a surface : having or covered with bumps
: having sudden up and down movements
: having a lot of problems

bumpy

adjective
\ ˈbəm-pē How to pronounce bumpy (audio) \
bumpier; bumpiest

Kids Definition of bumpy

1 : having or covered with bumps a bumpy road bumpy skin
2 : having sudden up-and-down movements a bumpy ride

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