bumptiousness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bumptiousness offensive boldness and assertiveness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bumptiousness Conceitedness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bumptiousness The quality of being bumptious.
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Usage

In literature:

When the ship of Boston's chief citizen was seized by the bumptious, gilt-braided British officials, there was a merry uproar.
"Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Its mere formulation in words rendered it bumptious and presumptuous.
"The Street Called Straight" by Basil King
Is there even now a spot into which the bumptious, mannerless, ubiquitous little pleb has not pushed himself?
"Roof and Meadow" by Dallas Lore Sharp
Blood, battle, bumptiousness, and an aggressive violence, are special characteristics of this style of writing.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 103, July 23, 1892" by Various
From all I can learn, the gentleman isn't much but bumptiousness and wind.
"The Cab of the Sleeping Horse" by John Reed Scott
I cringe or am bumptious or immobile.
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
Mr. Bell was as thin as his wife was fat, and as quiet and unassuming as she was bumptious and talkative.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
When the first sharpness of death had passed from Ansdore, Joanna's sanguine nature, her hopeful bumptiousness, revived.
"Joanna Godden" by Sheila Kaye-Smith
The little swagger of his younger days was gone, the bumptiousness of his bearing forgotten.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He thought Mr. Hayne too bumptious to live; but he bore no malice, and his wrath was soon over.
"The Deserter" by Charles King
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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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