\ 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

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 bumpy ride that is the W. Ridgewood Drive experience from Ridge Road to State Road is about to get a lot smoother. John Benson, cleveland, 20 Jan. 2022 The company’s stock peaked shortly over a year ago and has been on a bumpy downhill ride since — an indication that investor enthusiasm has hit a rough patch. NBC News, 10 Jan. 2022 Infrastructure, consumer and climate-related stocks could be in for a bumpy ride in early 2022, particularly now that the Biden Administration's $1.75 trillion spending blitz looks dead in the water. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 3 Jan. 2022 Electric-truck startup Nikola has had a bumpy ride. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 20 Dec. 2021 Business has been a bit bumpy since, but there are signs of optimism. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Dec. 2021 Some changes have been bumpy, as administrators get up to speed or previous administrators quit before getting the school ready for the following year. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 13 Dec. 2021 After a bumpy start to the year, the longtime leader's bloc is hoping for a good showing in an eastern region where a far-right party is a strong challenger. Geir Moulson, Star Tribune, 4 June 2021 Alabama still controls its own destiny to reach the SEC championship game, but its bumpy road continued Saturday night with a 20-14 win over LSU. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 6 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of bumpy

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jan 2022

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“Bumpy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumpy. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of bumpy

: 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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