• WordNet 3.6
    • adj stumpy 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stumpy Full of stumps; hard; strong.
    • Stumpy Short and thick; stubby. "A stumpy little man."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stumpy Abounding with stumps of trees.
    • stumpy Having the character or appearance of a stump; short and thick; stubby; stocky.
    • n stumpy Ready money; cash.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Stumpy full of stumps, short and thick
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. stumpr; Ger. stumpf, nasalised form of stub.


In literature:

One morning, when his mother's back was turned, he was surprised to see that she had only a short and stumpy tail.
"Among the Farmyard People" by Clara Dillingham Pierson
They stood erect on stumpy legs and broad, six-toed feet.
"Uller Uprising" by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
It was what we call a tread-snail, because it moves on a double row of pads like stumpy feet and leaves a trail like a tractor.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper
He was a stumpy boy, who had stopped off short; and you couldn't guess his age, because his face was so much older than his body.
"Queer Stories for Boys and Girls" by Edward Eggleston
Then he pulled it out with a strong pull, and it snapped short off, and that's why Bruin goes about with a stumpy tail to this day!
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
The lad produced one and a stumpy pencil.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
His dangling arms resembled the stumpy wings of a penguin.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
That's why Bruin goes about with a stumpy tail this very day.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
He was almost sure he could lay his hands on the rabbit's stumpy white tail.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Come yere an' give me a 'and, Stumpy.
"Norman Ten Hundred" by A. Stanley Blicq

In poetry:

Can they be my lassocks—ance cozie an' cosh,
Weel shapit, weel happit—sae stumpy an' tosh?
Twa coats an' a toush, or a goon, ye may ween,
Were boukie aneuch, wi' what nature had gi'en.
"Crinoline" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Seabiscuit He had stumpy legs, a straggly tail, knobby knees and an awkward gait, but Seabiscuit pulled America out of the depths of the depression — if only in spirit— with a winning underdog tale.
Seabiscuit He had stumpy legs, a straggly tail, knobby knees and an awkward gait, but Seabiscuit pulled America out of the depths of the depression — if only in spirit— with a winning underdog tale.
NCDOT reduces Stumpy Point-Rodanthe ferry routes.
There will be fewer ferries running on the Stumpy Point-Rodanthe emergency route.
Murray State Alumnus " Stumpy " Rayburn Passes Away.
Rum and Stumpy and the Lash.
Three-legged alligator 'Stumpy' killed at St Andrews State Park in Panama City.
Sad news from Panama City, as a three-legged gator affectionately nicknamed "Stumpy" was killed at St Andrews State Park this week.
It's clear from the outset that Tallec's (The Scar) two guards, with their stumpy bodies and stew-pot helmets, can only be engaged in folly.
State officials have activated an emergency ferry route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe to assist residents trying to return to Hatteras Island.
Murray State Alumnus "Stumpy" Rayburn Passes Away.
The emergency ferry route from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe is running on an amended schedule due to a mechanical problem with one of the ferries.
The ferry from Stumpy Point to Rodanthe is continuing as scheduled.
Nighttime is the right time to have the blues and KWIT-KOJI dutifully brings them to you each Saturday Evening with "Stumpy" Steve Smith and the 10 O'Clock Blues.
Stumpy played in the NFL maybe three years, a couple years in the World Football league and the Arena League, and now, according to Google, lives somewhere in Iowa with his wife and two children.

In science:

Dyson et al. (1993) showed that collisions between a supersonic wind and a clump produce short stumpy tails, and that only the interaction between a subsonic wind and a subsonic flow from a clump can produce long, comet–like tails.
Photoevaporating flows from the cometary knots in the Helix nebula (NGC 7293)