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Get the Word of the Day – bumptious

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Bumptious \BUHMP-shuh s\ adjective

DEFFINITIONS

1. offensively self-assertive: a bumptious young upstart.

CITATIONS

It was Offenbach’s fortune to have even his most egregious effronteries rewarded. … In other decades his daring might have been considered at least bumptious and possibly dishonorable. He might have been cast out of society and a gentler, more deferential spirit ushered in to enjoy the privileges that Offenbach now enjoyed.
— Fred Chappell, “Barcarole,” More Shapes Than One, 1991

ORIGIN

Bumptious may be a blend of the words bump and fractious. It entered English in the late 1700s.

Source: Get the Word of the Day – bumptious | Dictionary.com