AskDefine | Define bumptious

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bumptious adj : offensively self-assertive [syn: self-assertive]

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Probably a play on the pattern of words like fractious


  • /ˈbʌmpʃəs/
  • /'bVmpS@s/


  1. Obtrusively pushy; self-assertive to a pretentious extreme.
    The politician may have had good ideas, but he was bumptious to a fault.


    • 1928, Virginia Woolf, Orlando
      She could stand it no longer. It was full of prying old women, she said, who stared in one's face, and of bumptious young men who trod on one's toes.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aggressively self-confident, arrogant, audacious, biggety, brassy, brazen, challenging, cheeky, chesty, cocky, cold, conceited, contemptuous, contumelious, cool, daring, defiant, defying, derisive, disdainful, disregardful, familiar, forward, greatly daring, hubristic, immodest, impertinent, impudent, insolent, insulting, know-it-all, obtrusive, overpresumptuous, overweening, overwise, peacockish, peacocky, perk, perky, pert, presuming, presumptuous, procacious, puffed up, pushy, regardless of consequences, saucy, self-conceited, self-opinionated, smart-alecky, stuck-up, swelled-headed, uppish, uppity
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