bumpier; bumpiest
: having or covered with bumps
: marked by bumps or jolts
: marked by or full of difficulties
bumpily adverb
bumpiness 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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Word History

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bumpy was in 1769

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“Bumpy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumpy. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


bumpier; bumpiest
: marked by bumps or bumping
a bumpy ride
bumpy skin
bumpily adverb
bumpiness noun

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