noun plural Etymology: probably from Dutch domp haze, from Middle Dutch damp — more at damp Date: 1529 a gloomy state of mind ; despondency <
in the dumps

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Dumps — (d[u^]mps), n. pl. a gloomy mental state; same as 2nd {dump[1]}; used mostly in the phrase in the dumps . [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dumps — /dumps/, n. a depressed state of mind (usually prec. by in the): to be in the dumps over money problems. [1515 25; cf. G dumpf dull, MD domp haze] * * * …   Universalium

  • dumps — ► PLURAL NOUN (in phrase (down) in the dumps) informal ▪ depressed or unhappy. ORIGIN originally as dump in the sense a dazed or puzzled state : probably a figurative use of Dutch domp haze, mist …   English terms dictionary

  • dumps — low spirits, 1520s, plural of dumpe a fit of musing, possibly from Du. domp haze, mist, from M.Du. damp vapor (see DAMP (Cf. damp)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dumps — dejection, gloom, blues, depression, melancholy, melancholia, *sadness Analogous words: despondency, forlornness, hopelessness, despair (see under DESPONDENT): doldrums, ennui, boredom, *tedium …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dumps — [n] depression blahs*, blues*, bummer, cheerlessness, doldrums, dreariness, gloom, gloominess, low spirits, melancholy, sulks, the blues*, trouble, unhappiness, woefulness; concept 410 …   New thesaurus

  • dumps — n.pl. colloq. depression; melancholy (in the dumps). Etymology: prob. f. LG or Du., fig. use of MDu. domp exhalation, haze, mist: rel. to DAMP * * * [dəmps] plural n. in phrase down (down) in the dumps informal …   Useful english dictionary

  • dumps — /dʌmps / (say dumps) Colloquial –plural noun 1. a dull, gloomy state of mind. –phrase 2. down in the dumps, in a dull or depressed state of mind. {early Modern English dump a slow dance, sad tune. Compare Middle Dutch domp haze} …   Australian English dictionary

  • dumps — See: DOWN IN THE DUMPS or DOWN IN THE MOUTH …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • dumps — See: DOWN IN THE DUMPS or DOWN IN THE MOUTH …   Dictionary of American idioms

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