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bumpy

[buhm-pee] /ˈbʌm pi/
adjective, bumpier, bumpiest.
1.
of uneven surface; full of bumps:
a bumpy road.
2.
full of jolts:
a bumpy ride.
3.
causing jolts:
Bumpy air shook the airplane.
4.
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
1860-1865
1860-65; bump + -y1
Related forms
bumpily, adverb
bumpiness, noun
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  • 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

bumpy

/ˈbʌmpɪ/
adjective bumpier, bumpiest
1.
having an uneven surface: a bumpy road
2.
full of jolts; rough: a bumpy flight
Derived Forms
bumpily, adverb
bumpiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bumpy
adj.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for bumpy

bumpy

Related Terms

goose-bumpy


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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