\ ˈbəm-pē \
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 \ adverb
bumpiness \ ˈbəm-​pē-​nəs \ 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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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 Negotiating the track’s fast turns and bumpy surface is one thing; managing tires and avoiding accidents is quite another. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Chevrolets look to make headway vs. Fords, Toyotas at Dover Cup race," 3 May 2018 The two-millimeter-by-two-millimeter flexible sensor can bond to a tooth’s minutely bumpy surface. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This Tiny Tooth Sensor Could Keep Track of the Food You Eat," 20 Apr. 2018 The rollers have a bumpy surface, which allows for more mobility in the muscle during your workout. Lauren Schwartzberg, Slate Magazine, "The Best Foam Rollers," 2 Jan. 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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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 \
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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