Word of the Day : February 22, 2016


adjective BUMP-shus


: presumptuously, obtusely, and often noisily self-assertive : obtrusive

Did You Know?

Etymologists believe that bumptious was probably coined, perhaps playfully, from the noun bump plus -tious. (Think of the obtrusive way an overly assertive person might "bump" through a crowd.) When bumptious was first used around 1800, it meant "conceited." Charles Dickens used it that way in David Copperfield: "His hair was very smooth and wavy; but I was informed … that it was a wig … and that he needn't be so 'bounceable'—somebody else said 'bumptious'—about it, because his own red hair was very plainly to be seen behind."


The talk show often features interesting guests, but the bumptious host's tendency to turn the interview back to himself can get annoying.

"He had a sense of himself that was strong; that’s why he was successful as an actor. But he was never bumptious or presumptive, he was gentle." — Brian Cox, quoted in The Guardian, 15 Jan. 2016

Name That Synonym

What 5-letter adjective is a synonym of bumptious that begins with "b" and can also mean "audacious" or "impudent"?



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