Bumptious vs Branch - What's the difference?

bumptious | branch |

As an adjective bumptious

is obtrusively pushy; self-assertive to a pretentious extreme.

As a proper noun branch is





(en adjective)
  • Obtrusively pushy; self-assertive to a pretentious extreme.
  • * 1877 , (Arthur Conan Doyle), (A Study in Scarlet) :
  • "There are no crimes and no criminals in these days," he said, querulously. "What is the use of having brains in our profession. I know well that I have it in me to make my name famous. No man lives or has ever lived who has brought the same amount of study and of natural talent to the detection of crime which I have done. And what is the result? There is no crime to detect, or, at most, some bungling villainy with a motive so transparent that even a Scotland Yard official can see through it." I was still annoyed at his bumptious style of conversation; I thought it best to change the topic.
  • * 1918 , , The Mirror and the Lamp , ch. 22:
  • From another point of view, it was a place without a soul. The well-to-do had hearts of stone; the rich were brutally bumptious ; the Press, the Municipality, all the public men, were ridiculously, vaingloriously self-satisfied.
  • * 1928 , (Virginia Woolf), :
  • She could stand it no longer. It was full of prying old women, she said, who stared in one's face, and of bumptious young men who trod on one's toes.

    Derived terms

    * bumptiously * bumptiousness



    Alternative forms



    (es) (wikipedia branch)
  • The woody part of a tree arising from the trunk and usually dividing.
  • Any of the parts of something that divides like the branch of a tree.
  • the branch of an antler, a chandelier, a river, or a railway
  • (geometry) One of the portions of a curve that extends outwards to an indefinitely great distance.
  • the branches of a hyperbola
  • A location of an organization with several locations.
  • Our main branch is downtown, and we have branches in all major suburbs.
  • A line of family descent, in distinction from some other line or lines from the same stock; any descendant in such a line.
  • the English branch of a family
  • * Carew
  • his father, a younger branch of the ancient stock
  • (Mormonism) A local congregation of the LDS Church that is not large enough to form a ward; see .
  • An area in business or of knowledge, research.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-01
  • , author=Robert L. Dorit , title=Rereading Darwin , volume=100, issue=1, page=23 , magazine= citation , passage=We live our lives in three dimensions for our threescore and ten allotted years. Yet every branch of contemporary science, from statistics to cosmology, alludes to processes that operate on scales outside of human experience: the millisecond and the nanometer, the eon and the light-year.}}
  • (nautical) A certificate given by (Trinity House) to a pilot qualified to take navigational control of a ship in British waters.
  • (computer architecture) A sequence of .
  • Synonyms

    * (part of a tree) bough, tillow, twig, see also


  • To arise from the trunk or a larger branch of a tree.
  • To produce branches.
  • To divide into separate parts or subdivisions.
  • (computing) To jump to a different location in a program, especially as the result of a conditional statement.