Definition of dumpy in English:



  • (of a person) short and stout.

    ‘her plain, dumpy sister’
    • ‘And my brother Dave and I - he's the shorter dumpy one - you know the one I mean.’
    • ‘A few seconds later a short, dumpy woman cautiously opened the door.’
    • ‘I fancied that she imagined her wedding to the squinty-eyed, dumpy man sitting beside her.’
    • ‘What really cracks me up about this pic is the dumpy assistant or fan or whoever standing behind her in boat shoes/ fishnets/ denimskirt/ tee and suit jacket.’
    • ‘You see attractive women dating schlumps all the time, but when's the last time you saw a decent looking guy with a dumpy woman?’
    • ‘Very soon, a small, dumpy figure in a shaggy brown overcoat appeared, lugging a large sack.’
    • ‘A dumpy woman wearing maid's clothing picked up a load of dirty sheets and carry it to one of the washing machines.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, too many hits to the head caused a good majority of the players that stayed straight to marry dumpy broads.’
    • ‘Even before he recognized the dumpy bag lady, Sam was running.’
    • ‘He became well known for his woodcuts, which caused a frisson by taking liberties with the dignities of his subjects, most notably Queen Victoria herself, whom he depicted as a dumpy widow with a stick, walking a Scotch terrier.’
    • ‘References such as this, particularly as a lead, reinforce the prejudice that talented women must also be attractive. What if the subject had been a dumpy figure wearing dresses down to her ankle?’
    • ‘Albania's debut entry is a typical europop affair, fronted by a dumpy girl in a cheap dress.’
    • ‘This theme was followed through in the aftermath of that marriage of convenience, as those dumpy princesses found themselves, well, dumped.’
    • ‘In one hilarious scene, this frazzled, menopausal, dumpy housewife eyes up a parking space in the supermarket car park.’
    • ‘Clearly Aunt Charlotte was and is more than just a dumpy aunt; beneath all that hair and sensible clothing was all along a real a killer, who needed only to drop a few pounds and have bleach and wax job and a new wardrobe.’
    • ‘A short dumpy woman appeared from behind the counter.’
    • ‘Carefully backing away from the newcomer, he waved a hairy-backed hand at his sour, dumpy friend.’
    • ‘She wasn't quite lean, but she wasn't very dumpy either.’
    • ‘Take them off, and it's like removing your espadrille wedges when you're wearing a smock dress (one minute, you're striking stork woman; the next, dumpy peasant girl).’
    • ‘Far from being short, thick and dumpy they walk tall as champions of freedom and responsibility.’
    short, squat, stubby
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Mid 18th century: from dumpling + -y.