follow Dictionary.com

What's the difference between i.e. and e.g.?

Humpty Dumpty

[huhmp-tee duhmp-tee] /ˈhʌmp ti ˈdʌmp ti/
noun
1.
an egg-shaped character in a Mother Goose nursery rhyme that fell off a wall and could not be put together again.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) something that has been damaged severely and usually irreparably.
Origin
rhyming compound based on humpty; see hump, -ed3, -y2
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for Humpty Dumpty

humpty dumpty

/ˈhʌmptɪ ˈdʌmptɪ/
noun (mainly Brit)
1.
a short fat person
2.
a person or thing that once overthrown or broken cannot be restored or mended
Word Origin
C18: after the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Humpty Dumpty in Culture

“Humpty Dumpty” definition


A nursery rhyme:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall;
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Humpty Dumpty

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Humpty

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with Humpty Dumpty

Nearby words for humpty dumpty