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Dumpy appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Dumpy kibitzer jingles as exchequer overflows. (40 letters)
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Definition of the adjective dumpy

What does dumpy mean as an attribute of a noun?

Dumpy is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more dumpy / dumpier | most dumpy / dumpiest

  1. resembling a garbage dump
  2. short and thick; as e.g. having short legs and heavy musculature
  3. short and plump

Alternative definition of the adjective dumpy


  1. short and thick; stout or stocky

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for dumpy

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Google previewDictionary of English Etymology (1859)

by Hensleigh Wedgwood (M.A.)

Dumpy. — Dumpling. Dubby, dumpy, short and thick. — Hal. Prov. Dan. dubbet, s. s. Humpty-dumpty, a short, thick person. From dab, dab, a blow ; dab, a small lump. We have bump, dump (with the equivalent thump), hump, lump, bunch, ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (2012)

by John M. Lackie

dumpy (1) A very large extracellular protein (2.5 MDa) required to maintain tension at epidermalcuticle attachment sites in Drosophila. It has 308 EGF modules, interspersed with DPY ...

Google previewDictionary Of Civil Engineering (1992)

by John S. Scott

A dumpy level or similar instrument with a telescope and bubble tube which enable the surveyor to take level sights over considerable distances ...

Google previewDictionary of Architectural and Building Technology (2004)

by Henry J. Cowan, Peter R. Smith, W. K. Chow

Sights are taken through a DUMPY LEVEL on a graduated staff placed vertically on the ground at various points where levels are required. The differences between the graduations on the staff, as seen through the telescope, equal the ...

Google previewAn English-Irish Dictionary (1855)

by Daniel Foley

Dumpy, edf. выдрав, búbuè, 111101., 1:0 1p.

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Philosophy (2009)

by Michael Proudfoot, A.R. Lacey

In the midtwentieth century, Austin claimedthat aesthetics hadbecome too preoccupied with beautyand shouldpay attention instead to such conceptsasthe daintyand the dumpy. Although aesthetics has, indeed, subsequently studied awhole ...

Google previewThe English Dialect Dictionary: R-S (1904)

by Joseph Wright

A short, dumpy person ; a determined little fellow ; also a stupid animal or person ; a rascal. Per.

Google previewThe English Dialect Dictionary (1904)

Being the Complete Vocabulary of All Dialect Words Still in Use, Or Known to Have Been in Use During the Last Two Hundred Years by Joseph Wright

A short, dumpy person; a determined little fellow; also a stupid animal or person ; a rascal .

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Scrabble value of D2U1M3P3Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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