\ 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 bumpy (audio) \ adverb
bumpiness \ ˈbəm-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce bumpy (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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Recent Examples on the Web The club acquired right-hander Corey Knebel, a former All-Star closer, from the Milwaukee Brewers in November as another reclamation project after bumpy return from Tommy John surgery in 2020. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers continue to build bullpen, re-sign Blake Treinen to a two-year contract," 5 Jan. 2021 The public rollout remained bumpy over the weekend. Rebecca Robbins, BostonGlobe.com, "As rollout falters, scientists debate new vaccination tactics," 3 Jan. 2021 The public rollout remained bumpy over the weekend. New York Times, "As Rollout Falters, Scientists Debate New Vaccination Tactics," 3 Jan. 2021 Post-election division remains a problem and there's a bumpy transition between the Trump and Biden administrations. Mike Snider And Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "How Russian spy games moved online: Massive breach shows how espionage is carried out in the 21st century," 19 Dec. 2020 Bad times: This is going to be a very bumpy period. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Are there good or bad times ahead financially?," 18 Dec. 2020 Beating their fiercest rival for the Axe, though, would go a long way toward soothing the disappointments of a bumpy season. Rachel Blount Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Badgers fell into a rut after original game with Gophers was canceled," 16 Dec. 2020 What AstraZeneca couldn’t foresee was how bumpy the journey to a successful shot would be. Suzi Ring, Bloomberg.com, "Astra CEO Lands Mega-Deal, Defends Vaccine in Sydney Quarantine," 14 Dec. 2020 Cavanaugh credited his players for their resiliency through a bumpy, uncertain first few weeks of hockey. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "UConn hockey prepares for first game in two weeks as COVID-19 continues to disrupt college athletics," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of bumpy

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bumpy was in 1769

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11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Bumpy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumpy. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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