dumps


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dumps

 (dŭmps)
pl.n.
A gloomy, melancholy state of mind; depression. Often used with the: felt down in the dumps.

[Probably from Dutch domp, haze, from Middle Dutch damp, vapor.]

dumps

(dʌmps)
pl n
informal a state of melancholy or depression (esp in the phrase down in the dumps)
[C16: probably from Middle Dutch domp haze, mist; see damp]

dumps

(dʌmps)

n.pl.
a depressed state of mind (usu. prec. by in the).
[1515–25; compare German dumpf dull, Middle Dutch domp haze]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dumps - an informal expression for a mildly depressed state; "in the dumps"; "have the mopes"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
low spirits - a state of mild depression

dumps

plural noun

dumps

noun
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In good time, nevertheless, as the ardor of youth declines; as years and dumps increase; as reflection lends her solemn pauses; in short, as a general lassitude overtakes the sated Turk; then a love of ease and virtue supplants the love for maidens; our Ottoman enters upon the impotent, repentant, admonitory stage of life, forswears, disbands the harem, and grown to an exemplary, sulky old soul, goes about all alone among the meridians and parallels saying his prayers, and warning each young Leviathan from his amorous errors.
When, in doleful dumps, breaking the awful stillness of our wooden sidewalk on a Sunday, or, perchance, a watcher in the house of mourning, I hear a cockerel crow far or near, I think to myself, "There is one of us well, at any rate,"--and with a sudden gush return to my senses.
Blue devils, hypochondria, and doleful dumps, went and hid themselves among the nooks and crannies of the rocks.
She thought: "If I seem not to notice he will think that I do not sympathize with him; if I seem sad and out of spirits myself, he will say (as he has done before) that I'm in the dumps.
Daylight mortgaged one of his Bonanza dumps with the Alaska Commercial Company, and tucked a letter of credit into his pouch.
Trix is mad, and Fan in the dumps, so I 'll take myself off.
I know not whether it was the dumps or a budding ecstasy.
And then my lamps fall on another party present, who, I says to myself, is failin' in a proper affection toward his comin' son-in- law, so I watches my chance and dumps that powder in old man Riddle's coffee--see?
I get in the dumps at times, and don't open my mouth for days on end.
Great heaps of slag and dumps of cinders loomed up on each side, with the high shafts of the collieries towering above them.
He was so fastidious and prim about his place that a boy would go to a good deal of trouble to throw a dead cat into his back yard, or to dump a sackful of tin cans in his alley.
Beyond this dump there stood a great brickyard, with smoking chimneys.