Main definitions of dumpy in English

: dumpy1dumpy2

dumpy1

adjectivedumpier, dumpiest

  • (of a person) short and stout.

    ‘the dress made her look dumpy’
    • ‘A few seconds later a short, dumpy woman cautiously opened the door.’
    • ‘A short dumpy woman appeared from behind the counter.’
    • ‘I fancied that she imagined her wedding to the squinty-eyed, dumpy man sitting beside her.’
    • ‘Very soon, a small, dumpy figure in a shaggy brown overcoat appeared, lugging a large sack.’
    • ‘What really cracks me up about this pic is the dumpy assistant or fan or whoever standing behind her in boat shoes/ fishnets/ denimskirt/ tee and suit jacket.’
    • ‘This theme was followed through in the aftermath of that marriage of convenience, as those dumpy princesses found themselves, well, dumped.’
    • ‘References such as this, particularly as a lead, reinforce the prejudice that talented women must also be attractive. What if the subject had been a dumpy figure wearing dresses down to her ankle?’
    • ‘Carefully backing away from the newcomer, he waved a hairy-backed hand at his sour, dumpy friend.’
    • ‘You see attractive women dating schlumps all the time, but when's the last time you saw a decent looking guy with a dumpy woman?’
    • ‘A dumpy woman wearing maid's clothing picked up a load of dirty sheets and carry it to one of the washing machines.’
    • ‘Far from being short, thick and dumpy they walk tall as champions of freedom and responsibility.’
    • ‘And my brother Dave and I - he's the shorter dumpy one - you know the one I mean.’
    • ‘She wasn't quite lean, but she wasn't very dumpy either.’
    • ‘Even before he recognized the dumpy bag lady, Sam was running.’
    short, squat, stubby
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Origin

Mid 18th century from dumpling+ -y.

Pronunciation

dumpy

/ˈdʌmpi/

Main definitions of dumpy in English

: dumpy1dumpy2

dumpy2

adjectivedumpier, dumpiest

informal
  • (of a place) dirty and run-down.

    ‘a dumpy one-room apartment’

Origin

Early 20th century from dump (sense 2 of the noun) + -y.

Pronunciation

dumpy

/ˈdʌmpi/