dump·​er | \ ˈdəm-pər How to pronounce dumper (audio) \

Definition of dumper

1 : one that dumps: such as
b : a device used for unloading freight cars by tilting or dumping
2 : a state of collapse, failure, or ruin the economy is in the dumper

Examples of dumper in a Sentence

The cops caught the illegal dumpers. The economy is in the dumper.
Recent Examples on the Web Spriggs is lazy and a dumper, and joe seems overwhelmed. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, "Chief's texts critical of units' leaders," 28 Nov. 2020 Others began to point up and yell at the apparent ice dumper. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Woman evicted from Omni Louisville Hotel after dumping ice cubes on protesters," 3 June 2020 The divestiture follows the 2017 disposals of its backhoe loader and dumper business to Mecalac and the material-handling and ports division to Konecranes Oyj. Washington Post, "GE Nuggets to Chew on From Its Annual Report," 3 Mar. 2019 Still in the dumper for its second century in a row: Adolf. Judas and Herod also nowhere on the radar. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Baby's super name Kal-El makes the top 1,000 list, and Melania is coming on strong," 22 May 2018 The city's chief code enforcement officer, Jack Frost, said dumping is tough to prove unless there's a witness that can identify the vehicle or connect the trash to the dumper. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Don’t dump your trash on this Anchorage man’s property. He’ll find you.," 24 Apr. 2018 The street, just a few blocks from Germantown Friends School, has been made nearly impassable by a mountain range of construction debris deposited by midnight dumpers. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Germantown residents are fighting to bring down the neighborhood's notorious blight king," 11 Apr. 2018 Hit a few of these dumpers with a staggering fine – how does $1,000 per incident sound? – and those scofflaws would stop making their business our expense. Ronnie Polaneczky, Philly.com, "Fine councilmembers for dirty districts? Philly should steal this idea and others to stop litter | Ronnie Polaneczky," 2 Mar. 2018 As the new owner of MMN, it’s St. Tropez’s goal to get the failing cable news channel out of the ratings dumper and into the national spotlight. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Nicole Richie Starts a Squad Feud on Great News — and Tina Fey Has to Shut it Down," 3 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dumper.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dumper

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dumper

Statistics for dumper

Cite this Entry

“Dumper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumper. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dumper



English Language Learners Definition of dumper

chiefly US
: a person who leaves waste where it is not supposed to be left
informal : a state of failure

Comments on dumper

What made you want to look up dumper? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!