Definition of bumptious in English:


Line breaks: bump|tious
Pronunciation: /ˈbʌm(p)ʃəs




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  • They disported themselves bumptiously, like they were aces.
  • They also acted their parts as classically as the admirable comedians interfered bumptiously with all the sobriety, and Phillip Addis must be commended for his singing as well.
  • I do not think that ever again has that hopeful, almost bumptiously hopeful, atmosphere reappeared in this country.


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  • Churchill was a survivor from that earlier age of adventure who never fossilised, and what he breathed over his comrades - bumptiousness, energy, sometimes alcohol, sometimes deathless words - was always charged with life.
  • Englishmen, however, increasingly viewed the rapidly developing ‘Great Republic of the West’ with the pride of a parent mixed with annoyance at the adolescent's bumptiousness.
  • His letters display both the bumptiousness and self-integrity which got him kicked out of Cuba and Prague.


early 19th century: humorously from bump, on the pattern of fractious.

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