One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person) short and stout.‘the dress made her look dumpy’
short, squat, stubbyView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘A few seconds later a short, dumpy woman cautiously opened the door.’
- ‘Far from being short, thick and dumpy they walk tall as champions of freedom and responsibility.’
- ‘Even before he recognized the dumpy bag lady, Sam was running.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A dumpy woman wearing maid's clothing picked up a load of dirty sheets and carry it to one of the washing machines.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘I fancied that she imagined her wedding to the squinty-eyed, dumpy man sitting beside her.’
- ‘In one hilarious scene, this frazzled, menopausal, dumpy housewife eyes up a parking space in the supermarket car park.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘A short dumpy woman appeared from behind the counter.’
- ‘And my brother Dave and I - he's the shorter dumpy one - you know the one I mean.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Unfortunately, too many hits to the head caused a good majority of the players that stayed straight to marry dumpy broads.’
- ‘Very soon, a small, dumpy figure in a shaggy brown overcoat appeared, lugging a large sack.’
- ‘She wasn't quite lean, but she wasn't very dumpy either.’
- ‘Carefully backing away from the newcomer, he waved a hairy-backed hand at his sour, dumpy friend.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 18th century: from dumpling + -y.
(of a place) dirty and run-down.‘a dumpy one-room apartment’
Early 20th century: from dump (sense 2 of the noun) + -y.
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