Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

[huhmp-tee duhmp-tee]
an egg-shaped character in a Mother Goose nursery rhyme that fell off a wall and could not be put together again.
(sometimes lowercase) something that has been damaged severely and usually irreparably.

rhyming compound based on humpty; see hump, -ed3, -y2 Unabridged
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humpty dumpty (ˈhʌmptɪ ˈdʌmptɪ)
1.  a short fat person
2.  a person or thing that once overthrown or broken cannot be restored or mended
[C18: after the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty]

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Main Entry:  Humpty Dumpty1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a rotund person; also written humpty dumpty
Etymology:  from nursery rhyme character
Main Entry:  Humpty Dumpty2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  something or someone that cannot be restored once damaged; also written humpty dumpty
Etymology:  from nursery rhyme character
Main Entry:  humpty dumpty1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See Humpty Dumpty
Main Entry:  humpty dumpty2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See Humpty Dumpty's 21st Century Lexicon
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“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.
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