Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The old game of nineholes.
  • n. Whist played in an unscientific way.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The game of nine-holes.
  • n. In whist, a manner of playing “either in utter ignorance of all its known principles, or in defiance of them, or both” (Pembridge).

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Examples

  • Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.

    Shame on NBC News.

  • Hundred, but only bumblepuppy bridge, a variety of whist which

    Our Mr. Wrenn, the Romantic Adventures of a Gentle Man

  • And, in performing this task of hers, she has developed a technique of politeness which is to the amateur's technique what the professional golf-player's style is to the form of the mere bumblepuppy.

    Penguin Persons & Peppermints

  • She was again and publicly invited up to the parlor, and she came, though she said, rather shortly, that she didn't play Five Hundred, but only bumblepuppy bridge, a variety of whist which Mr. Wrenn instantly resolved to learn.

    Our Mr. Wrenn: The Romantic Adventures of a Gentle Man

  • Phew! it's too hot to go on playing bumblepuppy. '

    Life's Handicap

  • She even seems to get some fun out of this kind of thing: -- "'Write,' commanded the Zanouka with a double-barrelled flash of her great eyes;" or, again, "It's all poppycock and bumblepuppy," meaning, just, it isn't true.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, May 10, 1916

  • bumblepuppy – I actually once babysat a girl named Brooklyn.

    Regretsy – Here Comes the Choo-Choo!

  • She was again and publicly invited up to the parlor, and she came, though she said, rather shortly, that she didn’t play Five Hundred, but only bumblepuppy bridge, a variety of whist which Mr. Wrenn instantly resolved to learn.

    Our Mr. Wrenn

  • a magazine paper on the history of the game of bumblepuppy.

    The Faith Doctor A Story of New York

  • Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. "

    Brandywine Books

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  • "Playing bumble-puppy with Minnie Beebe, niece to the rector, and aged thirteen--an ancient and most honourable game, which consists in striking tennis-balls high into the air, so that they fall over the net and immoderately bounce; some hit Mrs. Honeychurch; others are lost. The sentence is confused, but the better illustrates Lucy's state of mind, for she was trying to talk to Mr. Beebe at the same time."

    - E.M. Forster, A Room With a View

    May 3, 2011

  • 1. a game in which a ball slung to a post is struck with a racket by each player in opposite directions, the object being to wind the string entirely around the post; also the post so used.

    tetherball.

    2. whist or bridge played without a system.

    See also aquatic bumblepuppy

    There is also centrifugal bumblepuppy:

    The Director and his students stood for a short time watching a game of Centrifugal Bumble-puppy. Twenty children were grouped in a circle round a chrome steel tower. A ball thrown up so as to land on the platform at the top of the tower rolled down into the interior, fell on a rapidly revolving disk, was hurled through one or other of the numerous apertures pierced in the cylindrical casing, and had to be caught.

    "Brave New World", Aldous Huxley.

    July 9, 2008