[huhmp-tee duhmp-tee] /ˈhʌmp ti ˈdʌmp ti/
an egg-shaped character in a Mother Goose nursery rhyme that fell off a wall and could not be put together again.
(sometimes lowercase) something that has been damaged severely and usually irreparably.
noun (mainly Brit)
a short fat person
a person or thing that once overthrown or broken cannot be restored or mended
something or someone that cannot be restored once damaged; also written humpty dumpty
from nursery rhyme character
from French nursery rhyme hero (the rhyme first attested in English 1810), earlier “a short, clumsy person of either sex” (1785), probably a reduplication of Humpty, a pet form of Humphrey. Originally, humpty-dumpty was a drink (1690s), “ale boiled with brandy,” probably from hump and dump, but the connection is obscure and there might not be one.
‘It’s very provoking,’ Humpty Dumpty said, … ‘to be called an egg — very!’ [“Through the Looking-Glass,” 1872]
A nursery rhyme:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall;
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
[huhm-pee] /ˈhʌm pi/ adjective, humpier, humpiest. 1. full of . 2. resembling a ; humplike. [huhm-pee] /ˈhʌm pi/ noun, plural humpies. Australian. 1. any crude Aborigine hut or shelter, especially a shanty built at the edge of a town. [huhm-pee] /ˈhʌm pi/ noun, plural humpies. 1. . /ˈhʌmpɪ/ adjective humpier, humpiest 1. full of humps […]
[huhm] /hʌm/ verb (used without object), hummed, humming. 1. to make a low, continuous, droning sound. 2. to give forth an indistinct sound of mingled voices or noises. 3. to utter an indistinct sound in hesitation, embarrassment, dissatisfaction, etc.; hem. 4. to sing with closed lips, without articulating words. 5. to be in a state […]
[huhm-druhm] /ˈhʌmˌdrʌm/ adjective 1. lacking variety; boring; dull: a humdrum existence. noun 2. humdrum character or routine; monotony. 3. monotonous or tedious talk. 4. Archaic. a dull, boring person. /ˈhʌmˌdrʌm/ adjective 1. ordinary; dull noun 2. a monotonous routine, task, or person adj. also humdrum, “routine, monotonous,” 1550s, probably a reduplication of hum.
[huhm-druhm] /ˈhʌmˌdrʌm/ adjective 1. lacking variety; boring; dull: a humdrum existence. noun 2. humdrum character or routine; monotony. 3. monotonous or tedious talk. 4. Archaic. a dull, boring person. /ˈhʌmˌdrʌm/ adjective 1. ordinary; dull noun 2. a monotonous routine, task, or person