Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. A gloomy, melancholy state of mind; depression. Often used with the: felt down in the dumps.

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  • n. Plural form of dump.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of dump.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. a gloomy mental state; same as 2nd dump{1}; -- used mostly in the phrase “in the dumps”.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an informal expression for a mildly depressed state

Etymologies

Probably from Dutch domp, haze, from Middle Dutch damp, vapor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • These figures become even more significant when it is realised that these dumps have surprisingly low recovery rates because the microbiological component of sulphide leaching was not realised at the time of the dumps’ construction.

    Chapter 6

  • And P.S., another way to save your bananas from the dumps is to freeze them.

    Banana Bread with Walnut Coffee Crumble

  • Blog posts are often like that too, brain dumps full of chattiness without really going anywhere ...

    different answers

  • Meanwhile, the perjured blob that is Clarence Thomas has helped free the TV, radio and mailbox for vast, undocumented money dumps from the likes of his manic, Jesus-crazed spouse.

    Jerry and Joe Long: Can Scum Save Us From Maniacs?

  • As much as i appreciate the thought behind these waterfalls, do we really need spend our hard earned tax dollars on these luxuries when the economy is going down in dumps? — ekta

    New York City Waterfalls: Reader Photos - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

  • No problem, except for the destitute underfed children searching in dumps for dinner scraps.

    duh pookie

  • Today's New York Times has a scary article about food shortages around the world, including heart-breaking slide shows and videos of people digging in dumps for morsels of anything with digestible calories.

    Boing Boing

  • Now McCain dumps Hagee for well-known positions Hagee has held.

    McCain rejects endorsement of a second controversial pastor

  • McCain dumps his wife for a woman he has an affair with, much younger super rich heiress Cindy, after his wife stood by him through his POW yrs and reentry to the US.

    Latest Guam presidential results

  • He cited the thousands of votes that were found in dumps in Mexico City and Xalapa.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast AM: July 10, 2006

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