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

  • adj. Covered with or full of bumps: a bumpy country road.
  • adj. Marked by bumps and jolts; rough: a bumpy flight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. rough; jumpy; causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements
  • adj. covered with or full of bumps

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having or marked by bumps; having a surface marked by bumps or protuberances.

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

  • adj. causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements
  • adj. covered with or full of bumps


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