Definition of bumpy in English:



  • 1(of a surface) uneven, with many patches raised above the rest:

    ‘the car jolted on the bumpy road’
    • ‘The people in that locality got tired of the bumpy road, and decided to pitch in a few thousand rupees per household to build a road.’
    • ‘By the time the full disc of the sun detaches itself from the eastern horizon, I can see land, a bumpy darker line above the dark water.’
    • ‘Employ skilled operators to resurface damaged trenches with a smooth finish, instead of bumpy uneven surfaces.’
    • ‘Sadly there has been an alarming deterioration and £100,000 is to be spent on the bumpy and heavily-sanded surface in the close season in an attempt to put things right.’
    • ‘This particular town was renowned for its rocky and bumpy road.’
    • ‘No fancy features which ensure outstanding comfort or softness; what you get here is a very basic pillow which feels bumpy and uneven.’
    • ‘It's a rough and bumpy road, zigzagging up from Argentière to the false summit of the Col de Montets.’
    • ‘Assessment of passenger comfort will have to await testing on Ireland's notoriously bumpy road surfaces.’
    • ‘The straights aren't so long that they place an absolute premium on outright power, while the chicanes and bumpy track surface demand good handling characteristics.’
    • ‘It was big, with pink frosting and sugary lettering arranged across its uneven, bumpy surface: ‘Happy Fifteenth Birthday Roberta’.’
    • ‘Passengers will have little reason to complain about the suspension which copes well with uneven and bumpy roads.’
    • ‘Sure, there would be issues with narrow roads and a bumpy surface - but those are exactly the factors that make Monaco such a special test of drivers' skills.’
    • ‘But it was hard going for most of the match as a strong wind, bumpy playing surface, blinding sunshine and competitive opponents made it difficult for Padiham to get any sort of rhythm to their play.’
    • ‘Conditions were difficult in Bangor as the match was being played on the Hibs'second pitch and the bumpy surface did nothing to enhance a game which lacked imagination from the start.’
    • ‘Traffic snarls, uneven and bumpy roads and pollution have made life miserable for the residents of Koramangala.’
    • ‘The dynamic attributes of the C-MAX are good, with dependable handling on twisty roads and the car holds its line on bumpy surfaces.’
    • ‘The heather drags and catches at the feet, and the surface underneath is bumpy and unpredictable.’
    • ‘A road as rough and bumpy as the one in Raheens can lead to many injuries and fatalities over a four or five year period.’
    • ‘Both drivers were very happy with the car in its Monaco configuration, and we got encouraging results on the tyres, as well as the set-up adaptations required for the bumpy street surface and the new parts on the car.’
    • ‘However much a bumpy surface might have inconvenienced both sets of players, it hardly excused the lack of control and horrible mistiming of the ball which characterised the first half.’
    uneven, rough, irregular
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    1. 1.1 (of a journey or other movement) involving sudden jolts and jerks:
      ‘the bumpy flight brought on a bout of airsickness’
      figurative ‘investors could be in for a bumpy ride’
      • ‘The crust on the original pies, which often were sent to London as Christmas gifts, had to be strong enough to survive the bumpy carriage journey.’
      • ‘What should have been a fast flowing cat-and-mouse chase, with the highs and lows of your stomach on a bumpy sea ride, manoeuvres into two-and-a-half hours of drab mishmash.’
      • ‘Picnics cry out for rude plenty, the cheap and cheerful bottles that are able, above all, to withstand a hot or bumpy journey.’
      • ‘After a rough, bumpy ride, we stopped in the kitchen.’
      • ‘She was startled back to the present when the car began its bumpy ascent up the brick drive to her grandmother's house.’
      • ‘It was a dusty and incredibly bumpy journey to Kabul, along roads whose tarmac had been destroyed by tank treads and missile attacks.’
      • ‘The pair, who used their two-week summer holiday for the journey, finished on time, despite a bumpy ride.’
      • ‘There was a road leading down the opposite side of the mountain range to which they'd first come, but it would be a long, bumpy trek for someone with no anaesthetic.’
      • ‘Wolf, Storm, Line and Snow held on tightly to their armrests as the ship made a decidedly bumpy landing onto the surface of the asteroid.’
      • ‘Leopards, lions, giraffes and hippopotami will parade before your camera lens to turn a bumpy Jeep ride into the trip of a lifetime.’
      • ‘I immediately forgot about the noisy, bumpy minibus journey.’
      • ‘We, being my partner Brett and I, set forth to the agreed hotspot, taking a 25 minute journey along a bumpy and seldom travelled track known only to a select few.’
      • ‘One experience few will want to recall is that of feeling ill during a bumpy air journey.’
      • ‘With great relief, I can say we've landed without any mechanical failures, though there were some bumpy patches along the way.’
      • ‘With a grunting groaning sound the old jeep started up again, and they began the bumpy journey south to civilisation, leaving clouds of red dust to settle behind.’
      • ‘We just landed in an open field in those days and there seemed to be just one shed for an airport, and we were all feeling a bit airsick because of this bumpy journey up from Djibouti.’
      • ‘In an interview with an Irish Sunday newspaper, Denise recalled the bumpy 30 mile journey in the ambulance.’
      • ‘The ride is very bumpy and dark, forcing the couple to jolt around and into each other.’
      • ‘The first part of the journey was quite bumpy, close to the lee shore the water was quite calm.’
      • ‘But the view of the spur that separates the Soufriere and Anse Chastanet bays is well worth the bumpy walk.’
      bouncy, rough, uncomfortable, choppy, jolting, jolty, lurching, jerky, jumpy, jarring, bone-shaking, bone-breaking, jouncy, jouncing, turbulent
      inconsistent, variable, varying, changeable, irregular, fluctuating, intermittent, wavering, erratic, patchy
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