\ 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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Those with high-clearance vehicles may opt to drive the narrow, bumpy road 1.4 miles to the lake. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Fun summer hikes in Arizona: These hidden little lakes attract wildlife, hikers and anglers," 5 July 2019 Hire a knowledgeable local guide from the nearby city of Naryn to drive the four-hour journey over bumpy, unpaved roads, finishing the last leg on foot or horseback. Kay Rodriguez, National Geographic, "8 wild and beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan," 27 Mar. 2019 Anyone who has dealt with Intel’s WiDi or Microsoft’s Miracast technology has endured a bumpy ride trying to get content projected from their PC to their TV. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "IOGear's wireless HDMI extender embeds 60GHz technology in a USB-C dongle," 5 June 2019 All this points to a bumpy ride ahead for the economy. Nupur Anand, Quartz India, "Modi inherits a troubled economy—all credit goes to him," 31 May 2019 The ride can be bumpy over rough pavement, but the Leaf’s steering and handling are good. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Electric 2018 Nissan Leaf energized by value and range," 7 June 2018 Few would’ve predicted the final stretch would be so bumpy. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Timber Creek falls short in bid for back-to-back baseball state titles," 3 June 2018 But the transition to Maryland was bumpy as a mysterious illness sidelined Wisnauskas from workouts in the fall. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "‘Very soft spoken’ Logan Wisnauskas making noise for Maryland men’s lacrosse," 18 May 2018 Hired to save the Hoosiers, it's been a little bumpy in Bloomington, with losses to Indiana State, Fort Wayne and Illinois. cleveland.com, "Ranking all 14 Big Ten basketball coaches - where does Ohio State's Chris Holtmann belong?," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of bumpy

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


\ 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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