\ ˈstəm-pē How to pronounce stumpy (audio) \
stumpier; stumpiest

Definition of stumpy

1 : short and thick : stubby
2 : full of stumps

Examples of stumpy in a Sentence

stumpy penguins become agile swimmers the moment they hit the water
Recent Examples on the Web Clearly, this was not some unmarked but common alternative route; it was studded with stumpy pine trees, and the terrain made for hard going. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, 16 Oct. 2018 At one point, someone on InSight’s science team wondered if the lander’s somewhat stumpy arm could prod the solar panels, or perhaps scrape off some dust. Robin George Andrews, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Mar. 2022 The fish obtain their unique shape because their back fin stops growing after birth and instead folds into itself, creating a stumpy rudder called a clavus, per National Geographic. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Dec. 2021 These were kings, calmer and more aloof than the royals, going through their annual molt, their stumpy bodies a mess of patchy old plumage being pushed up and out by new growth. Simon Willis, Travel + Leisure, 14 Dec. 2021 In neutral colors, even structurally commanding pieces, like the stumpy plaster bedside table, work. Alison Van Houten, WSJ, 2 June 2021 What was a short and stumpy gas fireplace, little more than a firebox, got lost in the large bedroom. Richard A. Marini,, 30 Oct. 2020 Or go to a shaky worm or a stumpy little stickbait on a Ned rig. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 22 Apr. 2020 If your pants have stumpy little half-pockets, which is common on women's pants, the Z Flip might fit where no smartphone has fit before. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 28 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of stumpy

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stumpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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