noun, often capitalized H&D hump·ty–dump·ty \¦həm(p)tē¦dəm(p)tē, -ti...ti\

Definition of humpty–dumpty



  1. :  something that once damaged can never be repaired or made operative again the exchange crisis … that brought the Humpty-Dumpty of currency stabilization tumbling — Atlantic people fled into their suddenly Humpty-Dumpty world — Robert O'Brien

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Origin and Etymology of humpty–dumpty

after Humpty-Dumpty, egg-shaped nursery-rhyme character who fell from a wall and broke into bits

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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