Definition of bumpy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌmpi/

adjective (bumpier, bumpiest)

1(Of a surface) uneven, with many patches raised above the rest: the car jolted on the bumpy road
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  • It was big, with pink frosting and sugary lettering arranged across its uneven, bumpy surface: ‘Happy Fifteenth Birthday Roberta’.
  • Sure, there would be issues with narrow roads and a bumpy surface - but those are exactly the factors that make Monaco such a special test of drivers' skills.
  • Conditions were difficult in Bangor as the match was being played on the Hibs'second pitch and the bumpy surface did nothing to enhance a game which lacked imagination from the start.
1.1(Of a journey or other movement) involving sudden jolts and jerks: the bumpy flight brought on a bout of airsickness figurative investors could be in for a bumpy ride
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  • With a grunting groaning sound the old jeep started up again, and they began the bumpy journey south to civilisation, leaving clouds of red dust to settle behind.
  • We just landed in an open field in those days and there seemed to be just one shed for an airport, and we were all feeling a bit airsick because of this bumpy journey up from Djibouti.
  • The first part of the journey was quite bumpy, close to the lee shore the water was quite calm.
bouncy, rough, uncomfortable, choppy, jolting, jolty, lurching, jerky, jumpy, jarring, bone-shaking, bone-breaking, jouncy, jouncing, turbulent
rocky, unsettled, unstable, roller-coaster, stormy, tumultuous, turbulent, tempestuous, explosive, in turmoil, full of upheavals, full of conflict, full of ups and downs, chaotic



Example sentences
  • As we skipped bumpily along the Pacific in our 40-foot clipper, groups of dolphins raced around us, leaping out of the water in formation, emerging like the fingers of an Olympic swimmer.
  • We talk in his room with its single bed, bumpily spread with a candlewick counterpane in a cosy shade of plum.
  • It's not true, of course: the world is plenty vertical - hierarchical, bumpily uneven in the distribution of resources, power, and controlling secrets - and it's becoming more so.


Pronunciation: /ˈbʌmpinəs/
Example sentences
  • Because of the bumpiness of the terrain, the body tends to move around more to absorb the shocks from the surface you're riding over.
  • Whatever the transition, the bumpiness is history.
  • But a girl can handle the bumpiness of a breakup with style.

Words that rhyme with bumpy

clumpy, dumpy, frumpy, grumpy, humpy, jumpy, lumpy, plumpy, rumpy-pumpy, scrumpy, stumpy

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