\ 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 Or go to a shaky worm or a stumpy little stickbait on a Ned rig. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "The 7 Best Baits for Spring Smallmouth Bass," 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, "Samsung Galaxy Z Flip review—I think I hate flip phones," 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, "The .30/06 Springfield: Why This Old Cartridge is Still the Best for Big Game Hunting," 5 Mar. 2019 Instead of elongating legs and creating an hourglass silhouette, the clothes make legs look stumpy and the torso thick. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 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, "Fossil Trees Reveal the Oldest Known Forest in Asia," 9 Aug. 2019 While the forest was expansive, the trees were probably relatively stumpy by modern standards. Deming Wang, National Geographic, "Bizarre fossils reveal Asia’s oldest known forest," 8 Aug. 2019 The building, in its current state, is stumpy, like the bottom of a tree without a soaring trunk. Blair Kamin,, "Is Northwestern’s new medical research building a world-class structure? The building, and the answer, are incomplete.," 13 June 2019 Our hero this time is a, well, boxy fellow with two stumpy legs, two expressive eyes that look out from the center of his body, and the habit of bringing square blocks of stone from inside his cave so as to add them to a pile. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: With Dad by My Side, There’s Nothing I Can’t Do," 15 June 2018

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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 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stumpy

: short and thick

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