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[buhmp-shuh s] /ˈbʌmp ʃəs/
offensively self-assertive:
a bumptious young upstart.
Origin of bumptious
1795-1805; bump + (frac)tious
Related forms
bumptiously, adverb
bumptiousness, noun
overbumptious, adjective
overbumptiously, adverb
overbumptiousness, noun
unbumptious, adjective
unbumptiously, adverb
unbumptiousness, noun
pushy, forward, cocky, cheeky, brash. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bumptious
  • The characters in her dances are vulnerable, as well as arrogant, and even when bumptious they can be likable.
  • Because this is a state with a bumptious citizenry that loves a rowdy political year.
  • Though he shows his age, he exudes a kind of bumptious charm.
  • The antics of the bumptious finale were delivered with sure comic timing.
  • Kiley, usually a fine actor, makes a curiously bumptious and churlish visitor indeed.
  • It was a bumptious backwoods town filled with rough, unfashionable people with an open sewer wending its way through town.
British Dictionary definitions for bumptious


offensively self-assertive or conceited
Derived Forms
bumptiously, adverb
bumptiousness, noun
Word Origin
C19: perhaps a blend of bump + fractious
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Word Origin and History for bumptious

"assertive," 1803, probably a humorous coinage from bump on the pattern of fractious, etc. Related: Bumptiously; bumptiousness.

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