noun(in phrase (down) in the dumps) • informal
- (Of a person) depressed or unhappy: she was feeling a bit down in the dumpsMore example sentences
unhappy, sad, depressed, gloomy, glum, melancholy, melancholic, miserable, sorrowful, dejected, despondent, dispirited, disconsolate, downhearted, downcast, cast down, down, crestfallen, woebegone, low, low in spirits, low-spirited, heavy-hearted, morose, dismal, desolate, weighed down, oppressed; tearful, upset, broken-hearted• archaic chap-fallen
- In both men and women, common signs and symptoms of depression include feeling down in the dumps, sleeping poorly, and feeling sad, guilty and worthless.
- I was a bit down in the dumps yesterday, but now you've cheered me up!
- Everybody is a bit down in the dumps because we feel as though we are a top-five side.
early 16th century (originally singular in the sense 'a dazed or puzzled state'): probably a figurative use of Middle Dutch domp 'haze, mist'.