Definition of bumptious
: presumptuously, obtusely, and often noisily self-assertive : obtrusive
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Examples of bumptious in a Sentence
a bumptious young man whose family wealth gave him a sense of entitlement
Recent Examples of bumptious from the Web
Both men have big appetites and hit towering tee shots, but while Daly is a bumptious Southerner who picks guitar, Johnston is a bubbly millennial who listens to Wu-Tang Clan.
Bumptious reporters shove microphones into faces and ask inane questions, and cameras are trained interminably on fires and auto accidents.
Maybe the day of transformation will come soon and Trump will be nothing more than a bumptious, vulgar, ideologically unpredictable, utterly survivable conservative.
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Etymologists believe that bumptious was probably coined, perhaps playfully, from the noun bump plus -tious. (Think of the obtrusive way an overly assertive person might "bump" through a crowd.) When bumptious was first used around 1800, it meant "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: 1803See Words from the same year
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Definition of bumptious for English Language Learners
: proud or confident in a loud and rude way that annoys other people
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