1. a short, squat person.
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 52: HUMPTY DUMPTY, short and thick.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. [as cit. 1859].|
2. a hunchback.
|Sl. Dict. 198: Humpty-dumpty [...] a hunchback.|
3. (US, also humpty) an outright failure, an incompetent person, esp. in sport.
|Professor How Could You! 266: He plays the piano with Reddick, and he’s some Humpty-Dumpty on it.|
|Gilt Kid 246: Bloody fool to have panicked. Trying to run. Made a dead tumble out of it. A regular humpty dumpty.|
|Little Men, Big World 19: What humpty-dumpties! [...] This big hitter they got—I saw him bust one up against the fence in the far right corner and only get a single.|
|Stand On It (1979) 154: Man, those humpties and hayshakers all over the South just love demolition derbies.|
|(con. 1930s) Nice Guys Finish Last 45: Babe Ruth was waiting to hit [...] ‘Get out of here, you humpty-dumpty,’ he roared.|