• WordNet 3.6
    • n dumpiness a short and stout physique
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dumpiness The state of being dumpy.
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In literature:

A dumpy little man edged through the crowd and peered into the woman's face.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
In a few seconds I was up with him, and stuck my spear right through his dumpy body.
"The Coral Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
They only knew her as a dumpy freakish dressed old girl whose drugged hair was turnin' gray.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
He is a dumpy little man in black wearing a golden wig.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
What will do for the fat, dumpy Miss Plump will make a human joke out of the lank, willowy Miss Slender.
"The Woman Beautiful" by Helen Follett Stevans
The stodgy, dumpy figure of the king tramped onward.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
In fact, he was rather dumpy and morose.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
What jolly jest books, and what small "Dear dumpy Twelves" to fill the nooks.
"English Book Collectors" by William Younger Fletcher
Madame Vaucorbeil, who was dumpy and waddling in her gait (she was near her confinement), had maintained absolute silence.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
I told them I was anxious to test Sibyl's powers; and, with a few passes from his fat dumpy hands, the man soon put her to sleep.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies

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.