Definition of dumps in English:


plural noun

informalin phrase down in the dumps" or "in the dumps
  • (of a person) depressed or unhappy.

    ‘she was feeling a bit down in the dumps’
    • ‘In both men and women, common signs and symptoms of depression include feeling down in the dumps, sleeping poorly, and feeling sad, guilty and worthless.’
    • ‘I was a bit down in the dumps yesterday, but now you've cheered me up!’
    • ‘Everybody is a bit down in the dumps because we feel as though we are a top-five side.’
    • ‘I was a bit down in the dumps, and I started thinking that maybe football wouldn't pan out in the way I had expected.’
    • ‘I'm a bit down in the dumps right now but will be getting that dirt off my shoulders and doing my thing.’
    • ‘Scientists at the Babraham Research Institute in Cambridge have now demonstrated that sheep have best friends, ewes fall in love with rams and both sexes feel a bit down in the dumps when Dolly fails to return from the slaughterhouse.’
    • ‘‘You look a bit down in the dumps,’ said Anna as I sat in the seat behind her.’
    • ‘He said: ‘It is a bit uplifting, from being down in the dumps - Kylie being born, Thomas getting married and now this medal - three good things that have come out of it all.’’
    • ‘In the end, rather than getting birthday dumps, he was simply down in the dumps.’
    • ‘It does a lot for us, none of us got depressed, and none of us got down in the dumps and thought we didn't have a chance to come back.’
    • ‘Whenever I'm in the dumps, I come up here and it reaffirms everything that I think is really good and generous about this country.’
    • ‘Next time you come across a grump in the dumps, flash him a grin and a cheerful ‘hello.’’
    • ‘Here's how to know when it's time to let it go - in a way that won't leave anyone feeling in the dumps.’
    • ‘Successive home defeats by Manchester United, Partizan Belgrade and Birmingham inside eight days left the 70-year-old down in the dumps and scratching his head.’
    • ‘Whenever I'm having a down in the dumps day I find it hard to write anything for my blog, so I'm letting you know that I'm down in the dumps today and don't feel like writing anything - much.’
    • ‘People think they know what it must be like at the club and think we all must be really down in the dumps but we're not.’
    • ‘They actually got up and started showing off and playing with each other, I suppose it's quite uplifting when you're down in the dumps.’
    • ‘United supporters had been down in the dumps after the team's start to the season.’
    • ‘So anyway, as I'm a bit of a photo freak who likes to chronicle his sad life when I'm feeling down in the dumps, I often look at my Caribbean journals.’
    • ‘I think that everybody is now down in the dumps for want of a better phrase but I am sure that we will not give up now.’
    unhappy, sad, depressed, gloomy, glum, melancholy, melancholic, miserable, sorrowful, dejected, despondent, dispirited, disconsolate, downhearted, downcast, cast down, down, crestfallen, woebegone, low, low in spirits, low-spirited, heavy-hearted, morose, dismal, desolate, weighed down, oppressed


Early 16th century (originally singular in the sense ‘a dazed or puzzled state’): probably a figurative use of Middle Dutch domp ‘haze, mist’.