\ ˈdəm-pē \
dumpier; dumpiest

Definition of dumpy 

1 : being short and thick in build : squat
2 : shabby, dingy

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Other Words from dumpy

dumpily \ -​pə-​lē \ adverb
dumpiness \ -​pē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of dumpy in a Sentence

a dumpy guy in his forties dumpy little men trying to look like tough guys

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Frankly, Zao Onsen town is dumpy, with outdated lifts, ramshackle base-station infrastructure, and a lack of luxury hotels. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 The color transformed the humble one-story house: In its darker hue, the somewhat dumpy house felt modern—fresh, even. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "Black is the new black," 1 Aug. 2018 The three-person cast is not afraid to look dumpy or tired or listless. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Apartheid Drama "A Lesson From Aloes" At Hartford Stage Has Powerful, Relevant Message," 29 May 2018 During Ireland’s crazed development binge, seemingly the whole country got caught up in buying and flipping properties—until the music stopped, and everyone was left with dumpy houses and worthless farmland. WSJ, "Five Best: Lionel Shriver," 4 May 2018 The library system was set to spend $7.5 million this year to begin work on a new branch to replace the sleepy burb's dumpy one. Mark Naymik, cleveland.com, "CLE Chatter: Complaining costs Bay Village new library (for now); TJ Dow proves he's still deplorable; and other tidbits from our town," 27 Apr. 2018 Almost everyone is familiar with the dodo, the 3-foot-tall, flightless, dumpy-looking bird whose name has been transformed into a playground insult. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Murder Most Fowl: Forensic Scan Shows the Legendary Oxford Dodo Was Shot," 20 Apr. 2018 My brain knows the Efron Bod is bad, but the dumpy middle schooler inside me wants to be running shirtless on the beach with all the movie-star guys, goddammit. Clay Skipper, GQ, "What the Perfect Male Body Looks Like Now," 25 Feb. 2018 Even more oblivious is the Wades’ dumpy 15-year-old daughter Shirley (Gaby French). David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hangmen': Theater Review," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of dumpy

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dumpy

English dialect dump lump

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English Language Learners Definition of dumpy

: short and fat

: dirty and in bad condition


\ ˈdəm-pē \
dumpier; dumpiest

Kids Definition of dumpy

: having a short and round body

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