adjective Etymology: 1bump + -tious (as in fractious) Date: 1803 presumptuously, obtusely, and often noisily self-assertive ; obtrusivebumptiously adverbbumptiousness noun

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  • bumptious — I adjective audacious, contumelious, forward, obtrusive, procacious II index contemptuous, disdainful, inflated (vain), insolent …   Law dictionary

  • bumptious — assertive, 1803, probably a humorous coinage on the pattern of fractious, etc …   Etymology dictionary

  • bumptious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ irritatingly self assertive or conceited. DERIVATIVES bumptiously adverb bumptiousness noun. ORIGIN from BUMP(Cf. ↑bumpy), on the pattern of fractious …   English terms dictionary

  • bumptious — [bump′shəs] adj. [prob. < BUMP, by analogy with FRACTIOUS] disagreeably conceited, arrogant, or forward bumptiously adv. bumptiousness n …   English World dictionary

  • bumptious — [[t]bʌ̱mpʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you say that someone is bumptious, you are criticizing them because they are very proud of themselves and their opinions. ...a bumptious bureaucrat …   English dictionary

  • bumptious — bumptiously, adv. bumptiousness, n. /bump sheuhs/, adj. offensively self assertive: a bumptious young upstart. [1795 1805; BUMP + (FRAC)TIOUS] Syn. pushy, forward, cocky, cheeky, brash. * * * …   Universalium

  • bumptious — adjective /ˈbʌmpʃəs/ Obtrusively pushy; self assertive to a pretentious extreme. The politician may have had good ideas, but he was bumptious to a fault …   Wiktionary

  • bumptious — adjective our bumptious cousin thinks she s God s gift to men Syn: self important, conceited, arrogant, self assertive, pushy, pompous, overbearing, cocky, swaggering; proud, haughty, overweening, egotistical; informal snooty, uppity See note at… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • bumptious — /ˈbʌmpʃəs / (say bumpshuhs) adjective offensively self assertive: *Rooster was one of those fine upstanding, bumptious skites who love to talk all day, in the heartiest manner, to total strangers while their wives do the washing –norman lindsay,… …   Australian English dictionary

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