dump·​er ˈdəm-pər How to pronounce dumper (audio)
: one that dumps: such as
: a device used for unloading freight cars by tilting or dumping
: 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 Dorsey Roland thinks even an occasional police presence in the area might dissuade would-be dumpers from trashing the area so thoroughly. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 8 July 2023 In fact, the state’s own hazardous waste watchdog — the Department of Toxic Substances Control — is one of the biggest out-of-state dumpers. Robert Lewis, AZCentral.com, 1 Mar. 2023 Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of U.S. media giant Comcast, is traditionally a buyer and a builder, not a pump-and-dumper. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2023 There is so much advice for people getting dumped but very little for the dumper. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2022 Into the dumper, into the land of toxic make-believe. Into the SEC. The Indianapolis Star, 3 Oct. 2022 The thing about dumping is that the dumpee often worries for hours or days afterward when the dumper walks away relieved. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 With her ex’s help all those years ago, her credit went into the dumper. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Nov. 2021 During another incident not far away, a dumper who had piled garbage onto a tarp in the back of a pickup fastened the tarp to a pole, then slammed on the gas pedal. Noah Baustin, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dumper was in 1856

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“Dumper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumper. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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