bumptious

adjective
bump·tious | \ˈbəm(p)-shəs \

Definition of bumptious 

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

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Other Words from bumptious

bumptiously adverb
bumptiousness noun

How Should You Use bumptious?

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."

Examples of bumptious in a Sentence

a bumptious young man whose family wealth gave him a sense of entitlement

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More than a few commentators have noted the contrast between the manager and the bumptious politicians fighting with one another over Brexit. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "World Cup Brings England Together at a Time of Division," 10 July 2018 His threat to pull the U.S. out of NAFTA strikes me, and many others, as the sort of bumptious sound bite geared to stirring enthusiasm among a key class of his constituents. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Trump's tariffs plan will hurt car buyers, automakers," 24 May 2018 Americans are not afraid of bumptious, raucous and robust debate about these matters. Washington Post, "Judge: Assault weapons ban doesn’t violate 2nd Amendment," 6 Apr. 2018 Americans are not afraid of bumptious, raucous and robust debate about these matters. Alanna Durkin Richer, chicagotribune.com, "Massachusetts assault weapons ban doesn't violate 2nd Amendment, judge says," 6 Apr. 2018 Americans are not afraid of bumptious, raucous and robust debate about these matters. CBS News, "Assault weapons ban doesn't violate 2nd Amendment, judge says," 6 Apr. 2018 Americans are not afraid of bumptious, raucous, and robust debate about these matters. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, "Judge Upholds Massachusetts Ban on AR-15s, Other Military-Style Weapons," 6 Apr. 2018 The pageantry of the opening ceremonies—sometimes bumptious, and other times achingly sincere—are pieces of craftsmanship in their own right. David Sims, The Atlantic, "One Hundred Years of the Olympics in Film," 23 Feb. 2018 Gorsuch’s abrupt pivot to arrogance has been on full display in his bumptious opinions and questions from the bench. Mark Joseph Stern, Slate Magazine, "Why rumors of a Gorsuch–Kagan clash at the Supreme Court are such a bombshell.," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of bumptious

1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bumptious

bump entry 1 + -tious (as in fractious)

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bumptious

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English Language Learners Definition of bumptious

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

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