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of uneven surface; full of bumps:
a bumpy road.
full of jolts:
a bumpy ride.
causing jolts:
Bumpy air shook the airplane.
having many difficulties or failures; full of ups and downs:
He had a rather bumpy career before he settled down in his present job.
adjective bumpier, bumpiest
having an uneven surface: a bumpy road
full of jolts; rough: a bumpy flight

Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night. [Bette Davis (“Margo Channing”), “All About Eve,” 1950]

Related: Bumpiness.


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