What heapes of heauynesse, hathe of late fallen amonge vs alreadye, with whiche some of our poore familye bee fallen into suche dumpes. The other suggestion raised by the spurious note - that 'dumps' derives from 'dumplin', that is, dumpling, is at first sight at least plausible. Some have pretended that it is derived from Dumops, a King of Egypt, who built a Pyramid, and dy'd of Melancholy. What's the origin of the phrase 'Down in the dumps'? Down in the dumps; low-spirited, melancholy: jocularly said to be derived from Dumpos, a king of Egypt, who died of melancholy. When the note was added, or by whom, isn't clear and it could be that it came later than Grose's dictionary. Shakespeare used the term several times, for example, in The Taming of the Shrew ,
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