bumptious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bumptious offensively self-assertive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Bumptious Self-conceited; forward; pushing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bumptious Offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; disposed to quarrel; domineering; forward; pushing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bumptious bump′shus offensively self-assertive
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. formed from Bump.

Usage

In literature:

Such a bumptious manner.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Where's that bold, blusterous, bumptious Behemoth, BILL STEAD?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 104, January 14, 1893" by Various
That bumptious animal retained its unamiable spirit to the last.
"The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands" by R.M. Ballantyne
For once in a way, that the rule might be proved, the greater part of this bumptious paragraph was true.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
Such a life might be a lesson, if anything could, to the bumptious and "efficient" and smug.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
These Yankees are getting too bumptious altogether.
"Ahead of the Army" by W. O. Stoddard
Jacson Gootes came limply from the phonebooth, his bumptiousness gone.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
She's a typical high echelon Washington secretary, cool, extremely well-mannered, cheerful without being bumptious.
"Tinker's Dam" by Joseph Tinker
The bumptious and dull ass who announces "Miracles do not happen," is now seen in true perspective and he cuts a poor figure.
"War and the Weird" by Forbes Phillips
She had none of her father's bigness or bumptiousness.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
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In poetry:

On those too bumptious to repent."
Accustomed to religious dread,
It never crossed our minds He meant
Exactly what He said.
"Friday's Child" by W H Auden

In news:

"A bunch of loudmouths showing off" -- that's how writer Dorothy Parker once described the bumptious circle of playwrights, critics, editors, wits and nitwits who made up the famed Algonquin Round Table.
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