Meaning of Humpty Dumpty in English:

Humpty Dumpty

Pronunciation /hʌm(p)tɪˈdʌm(p)ti/

nounplural noun Humpty Dumpties

  • 1A short fat person.

    • ‘He is an extraordinary humpty-dumpty figure with an enormous head and stomach set upon tiny legs, supported by a shepherd's crook.’
  • 2A person or thing that once overthrown cannot be restored.

    • ‘regimes toppled like so many humpty-dumpties’


Late 18th century from the egg-shaped nursery rhyme character who fell off a wall, broke, and could not be put together again.