Humpty Dumpty

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Short and broad. Hence the name “Humpty-Dumpty” in “Mother Goose,” personifying an egg.
  • noun A favorite Gipsy beverage, consisting of ale boiled with brandy.

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  • proper noun A fairy tale character whose name has become synonymous with anything fragile or the existence of which is precarious.

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  • noun an egg-shaped character in a nursery rhyme who fell off a wall and could not be put back together again (late 17th century)

Etymologies

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Possibly baby talk forms of Humphrey, since Dump and Dumphry have been recorded as pet forms of this given name.

Examples

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  • what an idiot.

    November 5, 2010