Down in the dumps

Down in the dumps is an idiom that has been in use for quite some time. We will examine the meaning of the idiomatic phrase down in the dumps, where it may have come from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

Down in the dumps describes being depressed, miserable, melancholy, or unhappy. Someone who is down in the dumps feels deflated, sad, and a bit hopeless. The idiom down in the dumps has been in use since at least the 1700s. The word dump, in this case, does not mean a place where one discards unwanted items or trash; it means melancholy or a dazed state of mind. This definition of the word dump has been in use since the 1500s, and is derived from the Middle Dutch word domp, meaning a mist.

Examples

The model and tennis coach, 27, looked down in the dumps as he stepped out in south-east London on Monday after being forced to spend Christmas apart from his TV presenter girlfriend, 40, due to her bail conditions. (The Daily Mail)

Having your heart set on happiness could leave you down in the dumps – at least in the western world, research suggests. (The Guardian)

But for today, if you’re down in the dumps — even with a World Series parade fresh in mind, even after anticipating Rendon might leave, even with the reporting of pitchers and catchers just nine weeks away — it doesn’t mean you’re crazy. (The Washington Post)