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noun (1)

dum·​dum ˈdəm-ˌdəm How to pronounce dumdum (audio)
: a bullet (such as one with a hollow point) that expands more than usual upon hitting an object


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noun (2)

: a stupid person : dummy

Examples of dumdum in a Sentence

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But Williams, often shirtless (and that’s not a bad thing), gets laughs as a dum-dum who speaks in a very high, piping voice. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 14 June 2023

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Word History


Noun (1)

Dum Dum, arsenal near Calcutta, India

Noun (2)

reduplication of dumb entry 1

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dumdum was circa 1889

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“Dumdum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumdum. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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