a depressed state of mind (usually preceded by in the ): to be in the dumps over money problems.

1515–25; compare German dumpf dull, Middle Dutch domp haze Unabridged
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dumps (dʌmps)
pl n
informal a state of melancholy or depression (esp in the phrase down in the dumps)
[C16: probably from Middle Dutch domp haze, mist; see damp]

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Word Origin & History

"low spirits," 1523, possibly from Du. domp "haze, mist," from M.Du. damp "vapor" (see damp).
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dump definition

  1. tv. & in.
    to empty one's stomach; to vomit. : She turned green, and I knew she was going to dump.
  2. in.
    to defecate. (Usually objectionable. See also dump (one's) load.) : He dumped and then came back.
  3. n.
    an act of defecation. (Usually objectionable.) : He had a dump and then came back.
  4. n.
    a low or cheap establishment; a joint. : My mama didn't raise me to spend the rest of my days in a run-down dump like this.
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