stumpier; stumpiest
: short and thick : stubby
: 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 Previously, scientists had thought that tardigrades evolved their stumpy bodies by fusing body segments together. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 26 Jan. 2016 These members of the squash family produce fruits in all different shapes, sizes, and colors; there are huge ones, tiny ones, stumpy ones, tall ones, and even bumpy ones. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Nov. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stumpy was in 1600

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“Stumpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


stumpier; stumpiest
: short and thick : squat
: full of stumps
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