General English


  • adjective (of the wicket) characterised by irregular or unusually steep bounce
    Citation ‘A bumpy wicket is a wicket upon which you may get a shooter one over and a blow on the chest the next, as a pleasing variety to those that come frequently right over your head the first bound’ (Badminton 1888)
  • adjective (of a ball) rising steeply off the pitch
    Citation ‘The little Lancastrian got 2 for a very clever hook off a bumpy one from Cotter, the ball being negotiated close to his left ear’ (Melbourne Argus 27 February 1904)