Definition of Dumpy

1. Adjective. Resembling a garbage dump.

Partainyms: Dump
Derivative terms: Dump

2. Adjective. Short and thick; as e.g. having short legs and heavy musculature. "A stumpy ungainly figure"
Exact synonyms: Chunky, Low-set, Squat, Squatty, Stumpy
Similar to: Little, Short
Derivative terms: Dumpiness, Squatness, Squattiness

3. Adjective. Short and plump.
Exact synonyms: Podgy, Pudgy, Roly-poly, Tubby
Similar to: Fat
Derivative terms: Dumpiness, Pudge, Pudginess, Rolypoliness, Tubbiness

Definition of Dumpy

1. a. Short and thick; of low stature and disproportionately stout.

Definition of Dumpy

1. Adjective. short and thick; stout or stocky ¹

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Definition of Dumpy

1. short and thick [adj DUMPIER, DUMPIEST]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dumpy

dumpster dive
dumpster diver
dumpster divers
dumpster dives
dumpster diving
dumpster divings
dumpy (current term)
dun dun
dunce's cap
dunce cap
dunce caps
dunce hat

Literary usage of Dumpy

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1. The Principles and Practice of Surveying by Charles Blaney Breed, George Leonard Hosmer (1908)
"Comparison of Wye and dumpy Levels. β€” The wye level has long been a favorite in ... The dumpy level has very few movable parts, and consequently it does not ..."

2. A Manual of Field and Office Methods for the Use of Students in Surveying by William David Pence, Milo Smith Ketchum (1904)
"The principal elementary lines of the dumpy level are identical with those of the wye level: (1) the line of collimation; (2) the bubble line; ..."

3. Treatise on Mine-surveying by Bennett Hooper Brough (1906)
"The dumpy Level β€” The term spirit-level is also applied to the levelling ... The instrument most generally used in Great Britain is the dumpy level, ..."

4. Plane Surveying: A Text and Reference Book for the Use of Students in by Paul Cook Nugent (1902)
"The dumpy Level.β€”In the dumpy level, Fig. 119, the telescope is attached by the third method and the bubble tube is fastened to the instead of to ..."

5. Outline of the Method of Conducting a Trigonometrical Survey, for the by Edward Charles Frome (1873)
"... Troughton's improved level, and the dumpy level introduced by Mr. Gravatt, are described at length in Mr. Simms' "Treatise on Mathematical Instruments. ..."

6. The Analyst: A Quarterly Journal of Science, Literature, Natural History by William Holl, Neville Wood, Edward Mammatt (1837)
"All the other figures we have seen of it err in the too great bulkiness of the body ; for, although a thick bird, it is not so dumpy as ornithological ..."

7. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1830)
"For what but a dowdy can a dumpy woman be, condemned to drees in a mode ... We differ from Lord Byron, who said, " Now, on my soul, I bate a dumpy woman. ..."

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