• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dumpy short and plump
    • adj dumpy short and thick; as e.g. having short legs and heavy musculature "some people seem born to be square and chunky","a dumpy little dumpling of a woman","dachshunds are long lowset dogs with drooping ears","a little church with a squat tower","a squatty red smokestack","a stumpy ungainly figure"
    • adj dumpy resembling a garbage dump
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dumpy Short and thick; of low stature and disproportionately stout.
    • Dumpy Sullen or discontented. See 2nd dump{1.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dumpy Dumpish; sad; sulky.
    • dumpy Short and thick; squat.
    • n dumpy A specimen of a breed of the domestic hen in which the bones of the legs are remarkably short. Also called creeper.
    • n dumpy Same as dumpy-level.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dumpy dump′i short and thick
    • n Dumpy a dumpy person or animal, esp. one of a breed of very short-legged fowls
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Dump a short ill-shapen piece. From Dump sadness


In literature:

She's paradin' up and down, stiff and stately, and along with her waddles a wide, dumpy female in pink.
"On With Torchy" by Sewell Ford
On this sled sat a little boy, shivering, dumpy and depressed, his bare red hands clutching the seat.
"The Mintage" by Elbert Hubbard
Such was the highest type; the commoner was squat, dumpy, and heavy.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
These tall Socinians are the Polish brethren, and the dumpy vellums overhead are Dutch divines.
"The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852" by Various
The dumpy waitress clutches the haughty one around the waist and breathes wheezy.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
Now I feel thoroughly humped and dumpy!
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
What's a dumpy leveller?
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
You don't feel dumpy now, Mr Rob, do you?
"Rob Harlow's Adventures" by George Manville Fenn
It's just what I thought," he continued, finishing his loading; "those little dumpy blunderbuss things are no good at all.
"!Tention" by George Manville Fenn
The child had awakened in its cradle, and, with one dumpy leg over its little quilt, it was holding quiet converse with its toes.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine

In poetry:

Dumpy lady, please depart,
You are nobody's sweetheart.
Lay aside your silly tray.
Thanks; we won't have fish to-day.
"Lines to a Canberra Stamp" by C J Dennis
Wee tottie's the smile that lichts up oor hearthstane—
A dumpy bit thing that can scarce gang her lane;
Yet what aul'-farrant gab comes at times frae her mou',
As she sits on oor knee, wi' her hair ow'r her broo.
"Wee Tottie" by Alexander Anderson
But 'mong thy creatures that do sing
Perhaps of all I likest am to the housetop-haunting sparrow,
That flies brief, sudden flights upon a dumpy, fluttering wing,
And chirps thy praises from a throat that's very short and narrow.
"The Sparrow" by George MacDonald

In news:

Dumpy Tree Frog Photo courtesy of Springfield Museums.
Western Oregons own Paul Bunyan, Lloyd Keeland didnt have a blue ox, but he did have a pair of pet river otters: Humpy and Dumpy.