Definitions

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  • n. A dunce; a blockhead.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dunce; a blockhead.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dunce; a blockhead; a soft, dull fellow.

Etymologies

Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Nova Scotia only a detail; he knew that all his services counted for less in their eyes than did the claims of {130} some 'sumph' whose father or uncle could influence a vote on a division.

    The Tribune of Nova Scotia A Chronicle of Joseph Howe

  • All of a sudden he goes like this -- "And giving a queer dull" sumph "of a sound, he jerked his body limp towards his knees --" Gone!

    Tatterdemalion

  • And ony sumph that keeps up spite, in conscience, I abhor him

    Tullochgorum

  • "The're coming; cock the piece, ye sumph!" cried the laddie, while his red hair rose, from his pow like feathers.

    The World's Greatest Books — Volume 06 — Fiction

  • Fool, idiot, sumph -- Jones tried them all on the image of the defunct, but they were too small.

    The Man Who Lost Himself

  • "She was; but he's such a perfect sumph, I'm thankful she's got quit of him."

    The Prodigal Father

  • To his face she referred to him as a doited sumph, but to Grizel pleading for him she admitted that despite his warts and quarrelsome legs he was a great big muckle sonsy, stout, buirdly well set up, wise-like, havering man.

    Tommy and Grizel

  • Saunders -- the muckle tongueless sumph there got dirt cheap -- ye see

    The Lilac Sunbonnet

  • My God, what a ke-o of _my_ life I've made -- that auld trollop for my wife, that sumph for my son, and that dying lassie for my dochter!

    The House with the Green Shutters

  • It's a horrid place, and I must have gone about for miles before I found my way back to the sumph, and nearly fell into it.

    Sappers and Miners The Flood beneath the Sea

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  • This word was chosen as Wordnik word of the day.

    November 11, 2009

  • I like it. :-)

    July 17, 2009

  • "I like a man to travel," she went on, tossing her head and looking altogether fierce Ellen's mother. "I never go into the bank without looking at the clerks and thinking what sumphs they are, sitting on their high stools."

    - Rebecca West, The Judge

    July 17, 2009