Definition of dumpy in English:



  • 1(of a person) short and stout.

    ‘her plain, dumpy sister’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In one hilarious scene, this frazzled, menopausal, dumpy housewife eyes up a parking space in the supermarket car park.’
    • ‘And my brother Dave and I - he's the shorter dumpy one - you know the one I mean.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘This theme was followed through in the aftermath of that marriage of convenience, as those dumpy princesses found themselves, well, dumped.’
    • ‘Very soon, a small, dumpy figure in a shaggy brown overcoat appeared, lugging a large sack.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘A dumpy woman wearing maid's clothing picked up a load of dirty sheets and carry it to one of the washing machines.’
    • ‘She wasn't quite lean, but she wasn't very dumpy either.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I fancied that she imagined her wedding to the squinty-eyed, dumpy man sitting beside her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Albania's debut entry is a typical europop affair, fronted by a dumpy girl in a cheap dress.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, too many hits to the head caused a good majority of the players that stayed straight to marry dumpy broads.’
    • ‘A few seconds later a short, dumpy woman cautiously opened the door.’
    • ‘Even before he recognized the dumpy bag lady, Sam was running.’
    • ‘Carefully backing away from the newcomer, he waved a hairy-backed hand at his sour, dumpy friend.’
    • ‘Far from being short, thick and dumpy they walk tall as champions of freedom and responsibility.’
    short, squat, stubby
    plump, stout, chubby, chunky, portly, paunchy, corpulent, fat, bulky, broad, broad in the beam, well covered, well padded, well rounded
    tubby, roly-poly, pudgy, porky
    podgy, fubsy
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  • 2US (of a room or building) ugly, dirty, and run-down.

    ‘a dumpy little diner with a "closed" sign hanging in the window’
    • ‘Due to an address mix up, they are forced into new surroundings, which include a dumpy hut that's right next to a public beach.’
    • ‘I steered it out of the dumpy garage and into the private street that led out to the city.’
    • ‘He would ‘rough it up in dumpy hotels’ and drive rental cars around the City of Angles from record company to record company in hopes of being signed.’
    • ‘Once again, she found herself trailing behind him, following him through the maze of short hallways and dumpy stairwells.’
    • ‘She nodded with a ‘You're Welcome’ and ran on down the long corridor of dumpy apartments.’
    • ‘There were a few mechanics working outside at this really dumpy looking building.’
    • ‘His loyal girlfriend Kathryn supports his dreams, willing even to live in a dumpy motel and work as a librarian's assistant to bring in some money.’
    • ‘Even if we get a good place to live down here, I'm still going to miss that dumpy old apartment.’
    • ‘If the world was going to end, I was going to be at home… not in a dumpy school.’
    • ‘It's an evolution of the previous design, with more masculine light clusters and a less dumpy appearance.’
    • ‘One phone call was placed to Tucson and as luck would have it, all the disreputable factors I was seeking were aligning themselves up perfectly, they were playing that very Saturday night in a dumpy bar in Tucson.’
    • ‘Now, if I lived about 5 miles West of where I do - which, I am glad I don't as the place turns from idyllic Kentish fields to a dumpy town - then, she would be my MP.’
    • ‘So I took my tab and laid down on a mattress in a dumpy apartment on the Lower East Side and awaited a divine incarnation.’
    • ‘They're visiting from Seattle, hoping against the odds to see some famous New Yorker walk into the dumpy little hotel bar.’
    • ‘The strange couple entered a dumpy looking motel and got a room.’
    • ‘A dumpy little bar in a strip mall, aptly named for the overlooked president, Teddy - Roosevelt's calls to anyone of bar age for a night of drunkenness and gossip.’
    • ‘The Essex coast can be quite dumpy at times, but I do have a soft spot for it - especially when it's not quite in season.’
    • ‘He really spoke to teenagers like me, living in dumpy factory towns longing for a better life than working at the local tool and dye and going to the Tiki Hut Lounge every Friday night.’
    • ‘Sitting in his dumpy room, smoking cigarettes, he tries to find a little consolation by talking to his dead brother.’
    • ‘We played a show at this dumpy bar last night, in a neighbourhood that smelled like a wharf.’


Mid 18th century: from dumpling + -y.