/ˈbʌmpʃəs / (say 'bumpshuhs)

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, 1918.
{bump + -tious, modelled on fractious, etc.}
bumptiously, adverb
bumptiousness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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