Definitions

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

  • adj. Short and stout; squat.
  • adj. Resembling a dump, as in shabbiness; disreputable: "The place had a dark and dumpy look” ( Washington Post).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. short and thick; stout or stocky
  • n. A small bottle of beer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Short and thick; of low stature and disproportionately stout.
  • adj. Sullen or discontented. See 2nd dump{1}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Dumpish; sad; sulky.
  • Short and thick; squat.
  • n. A specimen of a breed of the domestic hen in which the bones of the legs are remarkably short. Also called creeper.
  • n. Same as dumpy-level.

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

  • adj. short and plump
  • adj. short and thick; as e.g. having short legs and heavy musculature
  • adj. resembling a garbage dump

Etymologies

Probably from dump, lump.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • This kind of thing was imitated all over Southern California on half-million dollar homes in dumpy neighborhoods with nobody being caught because the losses from fraud were too spread out for anybody to bother burning any shoe leather to check them out.

    The California Disconnection

  • Also they are really gouged for rent by other less recent immigrants and they are forced to live in dumpy overcrowded apts: the landlords tell them it is against the law to have so many people in a 2 bedroom apt, BUT if they pay more, it is OK.

    Oaxaca and My Children

  • At daybreak yesterday we were steaming up a branch of the great Me-kong river in Cochin China, a muddy stream, densely fringed by the nipah palm, whose dark green fronds, ten and twelve feet long, look as if they grew out of the ground, so dumpy is its stem.

    The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

  • Arthur was about sixteen years old, we have said, when he began to reign; in person (for I see that the artist who is to illustrate this book, and who makes sad work of the likeness, will never be able to take my friend off) he had what his friends would call a dumpy, but his mamma styled a neat little figure.

    The History of Pendennis

  • My Thomas is an angel! not a tall grenadier-like looking fellow, such as I always vowed I would marry: — on the contrary, he is what the world would call dumpy, and I hesitate not to confess, that his eyes have a cast in them.

    The Fatal Boots

  • My Thomas is an angel! not a tall grenadier-like looking fellow, such as I always vowed I would marry: -- on the contrary, he is what the world would call dumpy, and I hesitate not to confess, that his eyes have a cast in them.

    The Fatal Boots

  • for a blog that is so sympathetic to sexual orientation, you ought to give MA the same consideration and not call her dumpy looking.

    Condi or Hillary? Which woman nailed Secretary-of-State-wear?

  • She told me she'd been very lonely and "dumpy", living with her grandmother but knowing no one in Prague.

    Once upon a life: Toby Litt

  • As for explaining a "dumpy" setting like Galilee, why and on what rationale do you opt for historicity?

    More Mythicist-Creationist Parallels: Messiahs, Wisdom and Jesus

  • If they want to replace those "dumpy" wheels they can.

    Day 18: Final days of UK filming

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  • WeirdNet #1 is new to me (and the O.E.D.), although the American Heritage Dictionary lists it at #2.

    April 12, 2009


  • Tall people, short people,
    Thin people, fat,
    Lady so dainty
    Wearing a hat,
    Straight people, dumpy people,
    Man dressed in brown;
    Baby in a buggy -
    These make a town.

    - Lois Lenski, 'People'.

    November 16, 2008