Definition of numpty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnʌmpti/

noun (plural numpties)

Scottish informal
A stupid or ineffectual person.
Example sentences
  • Now the great numpty is serving 28 days in prison after another act of Comedy Terrorism in which he chucked paint over a Turner Prize nominated artist.
  • For a few minutes I felt like a complete numpty, then I got into it.
  • Some numpty forgot to make the developing room light-tight so we're all getting fogged film.


1980s: origin uncertain, perhaps an alteration of numbskull, the ending perhaps remodelled on the pattern of Humpty Dumpty.

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