plural noun
\ ˈdəm(p)s How to pronounce dumps (audio) \

Definition of dumps

: a gloomy state of mind : despondency in the dumps

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Examples of dumps in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both American governments and corporations share a long history of seizing Native lands, extracting natural resources, and abandoning the poisonous dumps that result. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Indian Country Refuses to Be Corporate America’s Dumping Ground," 12 Jan. 2021 Firstly, the mining-waste dumps and landfills in these areas are full of materials that are ripe for retrieval, which provides an extra incentive to clean up the environment there. David Meyer, Fortune, "Europe relies on foreign raw materials to power its green and digital future. Now it wants to mine them at home," 3 Sep. 2020 Americans’ respect for Congress -- rarely ever high -- has been been in the dumps for a decade amid partisan strife. Mike Dorning, Bloomberg.com, "Trump, Congress Dysfunction Delayed Vital Aid in Year of Crises," 22 Dec. 2020 Rats found dumps congenial, dug burrows in them, and lived out their lives gnawing on trash and making little rats. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "What Would You Do with the Last Box of .22 Ammunition?," 27 Nov. 2020 As much as forty per cent of the food produced in the U.S. ends up in waste dumps or incinerators. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Our Stuff Weighs More Than All Living Things on the Planet," 17 Dec. 2020 Of all the toxic dumps in New Jersey, perhaps none was more infamous than PJP Landfill. New York Times, "Park With Covid Memorial Is Rising on Site of Former Toxic Dump," 4 Dec. 2020 Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center, which manages the contracting for cleaning up toxic waste dumps. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "How Dozens of Trump’s Political Appointees Will Stay in Government After Biden Takes Over," 3 Dec. 2020 Anyway, Pontiac’s sales were in the dumps at that time. Ray Magliozzi, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A Pontiac by any other name ... may be the same," 29 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of dumps

1529, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dumps

probably from Dutch domp haze, from Middle Dutch damp — more at damp

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11 Feb 2021

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“Dumps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumps. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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noun plural
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Kids Definition of dumps

: a sad mood down in the dumps

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