\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 \-pə-lē \ adverb
bumpiness \-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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The implementation of the law has been bumpy, not least because Sessions and the federal Justice Department still have the authority to crack down on cannabis use. Stephanie Schorow, BostonGlobe.com, "What should marijuana opponents do when their cause fails? A lesson from Prohibition," 23 June 2018 What follows is a ride that is slow and bumpy at times, but ultimately, thrilling and, well, a blast. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Does 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' have an opening crawl?," 15 May 2018 The ball also didn't fly over the crossbar because the surface at the Rose Bowl was disastrously boggy, bumpy, or dry. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 6 Weeks to Go - Roberto Baggio & the Elusive Daemon of Genius," 13 May 2018 That could be tough to recover from The first 36 hours for new Veterans Affairs nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson have been, well, a little bumpy. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Who's comfortable — and who's uneasy — with a changing American culture?," 30 Mar. 2018 Then, in college, my first jet travel was literally a bumpy ride with major turbulence during most of the flight to Dallas for a sorority convention. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The magic and horror of air travel," 12 July 2018 Resolving the Badme dispute would be a first important step in a long road to reconciliation, made bumpier by nationalists on both sides and mistrust after decades of fighting. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "Ethiopia and Eritrea Move to End 20-Year Conflict in Historic Breakthrough," 8 July 2018 The bumpy ride can be dangerous for competitors, and is where a fall is most likely to happen — dashing hopes of victory. Gina Martinez, Time, "Your Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Tour de France," 6 July 2018 But the lack of a unifying harmonic or melodic language is only part of what makes this moderately entertaining, frequently infuriating two-hour work a bumpy ride. New York Times, "Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin Don’t Talk. They Sing.," 24 June 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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