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[buhm-pee] /ˈbʌm pi/
adjective, bumpier, bumpiest.
of uneven surface; full of bumps:
a bumpy road.
full of jolts:
a bumpy ride.
causing jolts:
Bumpy air shook the airplane.
having many difficulties or failures; full of ups and downs:
He had a rather bumpy career before he settled down in his present job.
Origin of bumpy
1860-65; bump + -y1
Related forms
bumpily, adverb
bumpiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bumpy
  • The round ends of the nucleus are bumpy and rough, indicating material is loosely aggregated there.
  • Scorpions protect their bodies with bumpy, grooved exoskeletons.
  • It can be a long, bumpy, wet ride home when the weather turns nasty.
  • Trips in these cars were often long and bumpy, making it extremely uncomfortable for those left standing.
  • But when his transition to life on campus was bumpy, she was there for him.
  • Many colleges look to online education as the path to growth, but it is often a bumpy road.
  • But at that point your shocks are probably frozen too, so the bumpy ride is due to a combination of factors.
  • Apparently it was a bumpy beginning but all went well initially.
  • Turbulence is a problem that extends far beyond a bumpy plane ride.
  • It's called stridulation, and it involves rubbing the sharp edge of one wing across the bumpy edge of the other.
British Dictionary definitions for bumpy


adjective bumpier, bumpiest
having an uneven surface: a bumpy road
full of jolts; rough: a bumpy flight
Derived Forms
bumpily, adverb
bumpiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bumpy

1865, from bump + -y (2).

Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night. [Bette Davis ("Margo Channing"), "All About Eve," 1950]
Related: Bumpiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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