Definition of Humpty Dumpty in English:

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Humpty Dumpty

Pronunciation: /hʌm(p)tɪˈdʌm(p)ti/

noun (plural Humpty Dumpties)

1A short fat person.
Example sentences
  • He is an extraordinary humpty-dumpty figure with an enormous head and stomach set upon tiny legs, supported by a shepherd's crook.
2A person or thing that once overthrown cannot be restored: regimes toppled like so many humpty-dumpties


Late 18th century: from the egg-like nursery-rhyme character who fell off a wall, broke, and could not be put together again.

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