dumpier; dumpiest
: being short and thick in build : squat
dumpily adverb
dumpiness noun

Examples of dumpy in a Sentence

a dumpy guy in his forties dumpy little toddlers growing into lanky children
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, it was released during the slightly less dumpy dump month of February — on February 13, 1991, with nationwide sneak previews on February 2, 1991. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 18 Jan. 2024 In the premiere, Martha is made to look as dumpy and pathetic—and then as unhinged—as possible. Judy Berman, TIME, 19 Apr. 2024 The amazing thing is that, for all the history that came through its doors, KCR was a dumpy little studio with a broadcast board on the way out. Dante Ross, Rolling Stone, 9 Aug. 2023 Yes, the mall is underperforming, and in the middle of the concourse, there are too many dumpy little kiosks selling souvenirs. Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, 1 Feb. 2023 She’s not allowed to be anything more than the dumpy friend on TV. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 3 Feb. 2023 Goloborodko’s once disappointed father (Viktor Saraykin) is suddenly beaming with pride and determined to renovate the family’s dumpy apartment in palatial style (and to evict neighboring tenants, until his wife objects). David Klion, The New Republic, 7 Apr. 2022 In the northern Swedish city of Skellefteå, White Arkitekter has completed Sara Kulturhus Center, a museum-theater-library complex topped by an ostentatiously dumpy hotel tower made out of structural wood. Curbed, 3 Feb. 2022 But unlike the dumpy, middle-aged baddies of yore, our modern-day villain is (usually) younger, slimmer, better-looking, and sometimes even downright pleasant. Vulture, 11 Jan. 2022

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Word History


English dialect dump lump

First Known Use

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dumpy was in 1750

Dictionary Entries Near dumpy

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“Dumpy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dumpy. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


dumpier; dumpiest
: short and thick in build : squat
dumpiness noun

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