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 Humphrey (Master).Hunchback. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Humpty Dumpty.
 
An egg, a little deformed dwarf. Dumpty is a corruption of dumpy (short and thick). A dump is a piece of lead used in chuck-farthing. Humpty is having a hump or hunch. The two mean short, thick, and round-shouldered.   1
 


 Humphrey (Master).Hunchback. 

 
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