To be in the dumps. Out of spirits; in the ?sullens.? According to etymological fable, it is derived from Dumops, King of Egypt, who built a pyramid and died of melancholy. Gay's Third Pastoral is Wednesday, or the Dumps. (German, dumm, stupid, dull.)
?Why, how now, daughter Katharine? in your dumps?? ?Shakespeare: Taming of the Shrew, ii. 1.