Humpty Dumpty

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Possibly baby talk forms of Humphrey, since Dump and Dumphry have been recorded as pet forms of this given name. [1]

Proper noun[edit]

Humpty Dumpty

  1. A nursery rhyme character, a short, squat, egg-like being who falls from a wall and breaks, whose name has become synonymous with anything fragile or the existence of which is precarious.
    • 2009, Philip Kennedy, A Modern Introduction to Theology: New Questions for Old Beliefs:
      For many people, traditional Christian theology is a Humpty-Dumpty: it has tumbled from its perch and can't be put together again.

Derived terms[edit]



Humpty Dumpty (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) A Romani drink of ale boiled with brandy.


  1. ^ E.G.Withycombe: The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names. Oxford University Press 1971.