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dumpy1

[duhm-pee] /ˈdʌm pi/
adjective, dumpier, dumpiest.
1.
dumpish; dejected; sulky.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; dump(s) + -y1

dumpy2

[duhm-pee] /ˈdʌm pi/
adjective, dumpier, dumpiest.
1.
short and stout; squat:
a dumpy figure.
Origin
1740-50; perhaps akin to dumpling
Related forms
dumpily, adverb
dumpiness, noun
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  • She is slightly dumpy and duck-footed and has a puffy face.
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  • Hunters lounge on dumpy furniture that crackles when you lean back because of all the peanut shells behind the cushions.
  • Now instead of a rich and thin social climber, she's a poor and dumpy social climber.
  • Historically, this neighborhood has had a well-deserved reputation of being dumpy and crime-ridden.
British Dictionary definitions for dumpy

dumpy1

/ˈdʌmpɪ/
adjective dumpier, dumpiest
1.
short and plump; squat
Derived Forms
dumpily, adverb
dumpiness, noun
Word Origin
C18: perhaps related to dumpling

dumpy2

/ˈdʌmpɪ/
adjective
1.
(rare) in low spirits; depressed; morose
Word Origin
C17: from C16 dump; see dumps
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Word Origin and History for dumpy
adj.

"short and stout," 1750, apparently from some noun dump (cf. dumpling), but the connection is unclear.

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