Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Stupid, dull.
  • adj. Sad, melancholy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dull; stupid; sad; moping; melancholy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dull; stupid; morose; melancholy; depressed in spirits.

Etymologies

From dump +‎ -ish. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sir George Etherege records in verse when the monarch was "dumpish" Nell would "chuck the royal chin;" and it is stated that, mindful of her former conquests over

    Royalty Restored

  • But though we are natural conservers and causationists, and reject a sour, dumpish unbelief, the skeptical class, which

    Representative Men

  • The horse appears dumpish, refuses to eat, mouth hot, in six or twelve hours the appetite diminishes, legs and eyelids swell.

    Young's Demonstrative Translation of Scientific Secrets

  • Because the object was not simple addition, whereby another Adam would merely have meant two Adams, both mopish, dumpish, unconscionably lazy; the object was multiplication by stimulation, whereby, by combining Eve with Adam, Adam, as all subsequent history shows, was raised to the nth power.

    The Joys of Being a Woman and Other Papers

  • He was so well off in Eden, and consequently so dour and dumpish, that Eve had no choice whatever but to remove him from The Home entirely in order to save his character.

    The Joys of Being a Woman and Other Papers

  • His constitutional cheerfulness had been slipping away from him for some time now, thanks to the ravages of the germ of dissatisfaction; but on this occasion he was absolutely dumpish.

    Warner and Wife

  • Should she stay where she dwells, and retain this her mind, who could live quietly by her? for she will either be dumpish or unneighborly, or talk of such matters as no wise body can abide; wherefore for my part I shall never be sorry for her departure; let her go, and let better come in her room: ’twas never a good World since these whimsical Fools dwelt in it.

    The Pilgrim’s Progress, in the Similitude of a Dream; The Second Part. Paras. 1-99

  • He is a dumpish sort of person who looks as if he needed exercise, but he has a sharp clear eye.

    Chimney-Pot Papers

  • What stage-crowd of a hundred drilled and dumpish people, as we see it at our big theatres, has ever given us that sense of a real, surging crowd as the dozen or so supers in that last struggle which ends the play?

    Plays, Acting and Music A Book Of Theory

  • And you, foster-brother, if my fame is important to you, do you betake yourself to those dumpish oafs around the fires and try, by any means whatever, to remedy their faint-heartedness.

    The Ward of King Canute; a romance of the Danish conquest

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