Today’s English word of the day is actually an idiom: down in the dumps. Keep reading to learn the meaning of ‘down in the dumps’, hear the pronunciation, and read two examples of the vocabulary in use. With each English word of the day, I only focus on one definition. To see every meaning of the word, check out its entry in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries or in the Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary.


ESL Word of the Day: DOWN IN THE DUMPS (Next Step English)


down in the dumps: (informal) feeling unhappy


American English Pronunciation: /daʊn ɪn ðə dʌmps/



🙃: Cheer up, buddy! Why are you looking so down in the dumps?


😕: I just got a rejection letter from Georgetown. I was really hoping to go there.




😳: What’s wrong with Michelle? She’s usually so chipper!


😟: I have no idea. She’s been down in the dumps all week, but she won’t tell me anything.



Want more practice using the slang idiom ‘down in the dumps’? Here are some articles featuring today’s word of the day!


And just for fun… Here is a song you can sing to your children to tease them when they’re feeling down in the dumps for a silly reason. “Nobody likes me, everybody hates me! Guess I’ll go eat worms!” (This is one of those children’s songs that most Americans know.)


Not sure how you’re going to remember this idiom? Here are my top 10 tips for how to remember hard vocabulary words! 👊🙂


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Definition source: Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries.

Come back tomorrow for another advanced English word of the day! My schedule is:

MONDAY: noun
WEDNESDAY: adjective
THURSDAY: slang, idiom, or phrasal verb
FRIDAY: academic, literary, or otherwise “big” vocabulary


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