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[stuhm-pee] /ˈstʌm pi/
adjective, stumpier, stumpiest.
of the nature of or resembling a stump.
short and thick; stubby; stocky.
abounding in stumps:
a stumpy field.
Origin of stumpy
1590-1600; stump + -y1
Related forms
stumpily, adverb
stumpiness, noun Unabridged
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  • His face is broad and red, his shiny fat cheeks almost as prominent as his stumpy nose, likewise red and shiny.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • "Probably the presence of stumpy made her bashful," suggested Ned.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • By nine o'clock Leopold was fast asleep, for he and stumpy had arranged to try the mackerel again the next morning.

    The Coming Wave Oliver Optic
  • As for stumpy, he was just the sort of a lad his name indicated.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • The only thing Tom feared on any number of legs, from centipedes to men, was stumpy.

    Tom Grogan F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Why had his own fingers been made so stumpy and square-tipped?

  • The little woman's stumpy white fingers were very motherly, touching Grey's forehead.

  • Flapping his stumpy wings he cried incessantly, "I'll fly, by God, I'll fly!"

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • I willingly complied, though certainly so stumpy a needle as mine never took such gigantic strides over calico before.

    Typee Herman Melville
  • "I wouldn't leave it here a day longer, if I were you, Le," said stumpy.

    The Coming Wave Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for stumpy


adjective stumpier, stumpiest
short and thickset like a stump; stubby
abounding in or full of stumps
Derived Forms
stumpiness, noun
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