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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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DUMPH, adj., n.

1. adj. Dull, inert.Bch. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 14:
He surely is a heartless sumph, That lolls about the ingle dumph, On sic a day as this.

2. n. A dull, stupid person (Abd. 1900 E.D.D.; Abd.15 1949).

[An onomat. formation based on dump(s); cf. Dumpish, Dumpit.]

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