\ 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 bumpily (audio) \ adverb
bumpiness \ ˈbəm-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce bumpiness (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 But after a bumpy three years of setbacks over the issue of Europe, the party's headline Brexit pledge dominated the unveiling. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Boris Johnson promises Brexit vote by Christmas as Conservatives launch manifesto," 24 Nov. 2019 Within hours of the streaming service’s bumpy rollout last week, hackers commandeered user accounts: locking out owners, changing login credentials and, in many cases, selling them for as little as $3 online, a ZDNet investigation revealed. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Thousands of Disney+ accounts were hacked and sold online for as little as $3," 19 Nov. 2019 Golf balls have dimples, for example, while baseballs have stitching in a figure-eight pattern—both sufficiently bumpy to affect the airflow around the ball. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physics holds the secret to volleyball’s highly unpredictable “float serve”," 14 Nov. 2019 For some, the road is bumpier and definitely not straight. Elaine Duran, orlandosentinel.com, "Elaine Duran’s Survival Story," 17 Sep. 2019 Even by the restaurant industry’s notoriously bumpy standards, the road to opening Magna Kusina, Portland’s first modern Filipino restaurant, has been rocky for chef Carlo Lamagna. Michael Russell, oregonlive.com, "Modern Filipino restaurant Magna opens next week in Southeast Portland," 9 Aug. 2019 Although October is traditionally a bumpy time for stocks, all major indexes are still on track to finish on the upside as the month draws to a close. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "U.S. markets tepid as trade uncertainty dampens a banner week for stocks," 31 Oct. 2019 But reports of bumpy series development had us fearful of how Apple's TV-development chops would play out. Ani Bundel, Ars Technica, "See on Apple TV+: Less Game of Thrones, more unintentionally funny SyFy," 29 Oct. 2019 Windy weather has been a problem, and bumpy waters will be the case on Saturday. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, "Lake Erie walleye, steelhead trout heading to near-shore haunts: Fishing Report for Oct. 11," 11 Oct. 2019

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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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“Bumpy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumpy. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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