\ 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

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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 Over the years, the stumpy, smiley little pooches have appeared with Her Royal Highness in family photos, co-starred in sketches with Daniel Craig and posed with the Queen on the cover of Vanity Fair. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Last of the Queen’s Corgi Dynasty Has Died," 18 Apr. 2018 Dachshunds, with their long bodies, stumpy little legs and hilarious run-ins with human clothing—are adored by many. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Germany’s New Dachshund Museum Is Not Just for the Dogs," 10 Apr. 2018 Given that One Vanderbilt, now under construction, is heading for 1,400 feet, the next JPMorgan Chase tower seems positively stumpy. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "The Death of a Skyscraper," 22 Feb. 2018 This is one of the few cases where a new product being stumpier than the original is a good thing. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon Echo 2017 review: Alexa isn’t niche anymore," 7 Nov. 2017 By 300 million years ago, fossils show, eight-legged creatures with spiderlike mouth parts, primitive silk glands, and stumpy abdomens had emerged. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history," 19 Oct. 2017 In contrast to the cars that followed but like its predecessors, the 212 carried a stumpy and pugnacious mien. Davey G. Johnson, Car and Driver, "At Dark among the Prancing Horses: We Wander a Field of 70 Historic Ferraris," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of stumpy

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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stump up


stump work





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English Language Learners Definition of stumpy

: short and thick

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