bumptious

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adjective bump·tious \ ˈbəm(p)-shəs \

Definition of bumptious

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

bumptiously

adverb

bumptiousness

noun

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Examples of bumptious in a Sentence

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

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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."

Origin and Etymology of bumptious

1bump + -tious (as in fractious)

bumptious Synonyms


BUMPTIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

bumptious

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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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