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[buhm-buh l-puhp-ee] /ˈbʌm bəlˌpʌp i/
a game of whist played carelessly or contrary to rules and conventions.
Origin of bumblepuppy
1795-1805; bumble1 + puppy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And here, paddling in the brook like an urchin, we found bumblepuppy.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • bumblepuppy is a synonym of whist played in defiance of certain time- honoured conventions and principles.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • After this incident, we always spoke of Johnnie as bumblepuppy.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Once married, no man--not even old man Kapus--would be justified in tearing bumblepuppy from the fond arms of his bride.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
Slang definitions & phrases for bumblepuppy



  1. A bridge game played haphazardly
  2. An indifferent or erratic player

[1930s+ Cardplayers; fr a late 1800s British term for inexpert whist]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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