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

Definition of stumpy

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

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Examples of stumpy in a Sentence

stumpy penguins become agile swimmers the moment they hit the water
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Handloaders can top the old -06 with everything from stumpy 100-grain plinking pills to 225-grain Match bullets and hit velocities as high as 3,500 fps. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 5 Mar. 2019 Instead of elongating legs and creating an hourglass silhouette, the clothes make legs look stumpy and the torso thick. National Geographic, 7 Jan. 2020 There are so many trees in the clay pits that Wang says there’s still much more to learn about the stumpy little forest. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 9 Aug. 2019 While the forest was expansive, the trees were probably relatively stumpy by modern standards. Deming Wang, National Geographic, 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of stumpy

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jun 2021

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“Stumpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stumpy

: short and thick

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