\ ˈdəm-pē How to pronounce dumpy (audio) \
dumpier; dumpiest

Definition of dumpy

1 : being short and thick in build : squat

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Other Words from dumpy

dumpily \ ˈdəm-​pə-​lē How to pronounce dumpily (audio) \ adverb
dumpiness \ ˈdəm-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce dumpiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of dumpy in a Sentence

a dumpy guy in his forties dumpy little men trying to look like tough guys
Recent Examples on the Web The junk shop manager is enchanted by a dumpy woman whose apartment overlooks the facility; in his daydreams, she is transformed into a ravishing bombshell. Jeremy Lybarger, The New York Review of Books, "The Mordant Fables of Juraj Herz," 20 Apr. 2020 The results raise the question of why Macy’s is clinging to these stores in dumpy malls. Sarah Halzack | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "It May Already Be Too Late for Macy’s," 22 Nov. 2019 You could get divorced, bomb at the jokes, and end up in a dumpy apartment. EW.com, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel just got its own board game before the season 3 premiere," 22 Oct. 2019 No one wonder the Raiders are leaving that city, and all its garbage sports writers and dumpy stadium! Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Antonio Brown exposed the Raiders’ relentless incompetence," 7 Sep. 2019 Tove Lo holds nothing back when explaining exactly why her friend should be glad her dumpy ex-boyfriend is out of the picture. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Tove Lo Goes Green For 'Glad He's Gone' Performance On 'Colbert': Watch," 18 July 2019 Remember that at the dawn of the 2010s, the paradigm for an electric car would've been the original Nissan Leaf—a little dumpy, decidedly unsexy, styled to signal the driver's eco-consciousness above all else. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Here Come the Electric Pickup Trucks," 17 Jan. 2019 From the outside, this dance club looks like dumpy warehouse hidden behind a black gate in Roma Norte. Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things To Do In Mexico City," 4 Mar. 2018 Frankly, Zao Onsen town is dumpy, with outdated lifts, ramshackle base-station infrastructure, and a lack of luxury hotels.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

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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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The first known use of dumpy was in 1750

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28 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dumpy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumpy. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dumpy

: short and fat
US : dirty and in bad condition


\ ˈdəm-pē How to pronounce dumpy (audio) \
dumpier; dumpiest

Kids Definition of dumpy

: having a short and round body

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