plural noun(in phrase (down) in the dumps) informal
(Of a person) depressed or unhappy.
- 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'.
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