I've had this one on my list of suggestions for the suggestion list for a while now. Perhaps it's time to make the suggestion.
I always understood this word as meaning awkward, goofily clownish, etc. Come to find out it means aggressively, rudely, or offensively assertive. I believe I conflated it with bumpkin, which is often used to describe a palooka from Podunk.
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- Grand Panjandrum
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Apparently different derivations here, possibly related to bump. Still it's an amusing word, and it's easy to think of a bumptious bumpkin bumping palookas.
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