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Pumkin vs. Pumpkin: Mastering the Correct Spelling

Edited by Aimie Carlson || By Janet White || Updated on March 12, 2024
"Pumkin" is an incorrect spelling; the correct spelling is "Pumpkin," which refers to a round, orange fruit harvested in the fall.

Which is correct: Pumkin or Pumpkin

How to spell Pumpkin?

Pumkin is Incorrect

Pumpkin is Correct


Key Differences

Think of a pumpkin as being full – it needs the extra 'p' to be full.
Imagine a pumpkin on a "pump" to remind you of the extra 'p.'
Relate the word to "bumpkin" to recall the similar double consonant in the middle.
Associate the word with "jump" – if you "jump in" quickly, you’ll remember the “p” in between.
Remember "Pumpkin" has two 'p's, just like how two people can carry a heavy pumpkin.

Correct usage of Pumpkin

The pumkin spice latte is back for the season.
The pumpkin spice latte is back for the season.
Can you grow a pumkin in this climate?
Can you grow a pumpkin in this climate?
She made a delicious pumkin pie for Thanksgiving.
She made a delicious pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.
The little boy chose the biggest pumkin in the patch.
The little boy chose the biggest pumpkin in the patch.
We carved a pumkin for Halloween.
We carved a pumpkin for Halloween.

Pumpkin Definitions

The color of the mature fruit, deep orange.
She wore a pumpkin-colored sweater.
A term of endearment.
Good morning, pumpkin, she greeted her daughter.
The fleshy part used in cooking.
Pumpkin pie is a popular Thanksgiving dessert
A round, orange fruit often carved during Halloween.
Children love to carve faces into pumpkins for Halloween.
The squash plant bearing this fruit.
The pumpkin vines spread out across the garden.
A round, often large squash with coarse, strongly flavored yellow to orange flesh, numerous seeds, and a moderately hard, usually orange rind.
Any of several plants producing these fruits, especially varieties of the species Cucurbita pepo, and also varieties of C. maxima and C. moschata.
A moderate to strong orange.
A domesticated plant, in species Cucurbita pepo, similar in growth pattern, foliage, flower, and fruit to the squash or melon.
The round yellow or orange fruit of this plant.
(uncountable) The color of the fruit of the pumpkin plant.
(Australia) Any of a number of cultivars from the genus Cucurbita; known in the US as winter squash.
(US) A term of endearment for someone small and cute.
A well-known trailing plant (Cucurbita pepo) and its fruit, - used for cooking and for feeding stock; a pompion.
A coarse vine widely cultivated for its non-keeping large pulpy round orange fruit with firm orange skin and numerous seeds; subspecies of Cucurbita pepo include the summer squashes and a few autumn squashes
Usually large pulpy deep-yellow round fruit of the squash family maturing in late summer or early autumn

Pumpkin Sentences

Pumpkin seeds are a healthy and tasty snack.
Every autumn, we go pumpkin picking at the local farm.
Pumpkin carving is a fun activity for all ages.
He entered his giant pumpkin in the county fair contest.
The recipe calls for one cup of canned pumpkin.
Pumpkin spice is a popular flavor for coffee and desserts.
Lighting a candle inside a pumpkin creates a jack-o'-lantern.
The story of Cinderella features a carriage made from a pumpkin.
They used pumpkin puree to make the pie filling.
The pumpkin patch was full of pumpkins ready to be picked.
The bakery sold out of pumpkin muffins early in the morning.
He grew a pumpkin that weighed over 100 pounds.
They made pumpkin soup on a chilly evening.
The teacher used a pumpkin for a science experiment in class.
The pumpkin spice scent filled the house, creating a cozy atmosphere.
Pumpkin carving kits include tools and patterns.
She wore a costume with a pumpkin theme for the Halloween party.
She baked pumpkin bread for the bake sale.
Roasted pumpkin is a delicious side dish for dinner.
A squirrel was nibbling on a small pumpkin in the garden.
They hosted a pumpkin-themed party to celebrate fall.
Pumpkin pie is a traditional dessert on Thanksgiving.
They added pumpkin to their smoothie for a seasonal twist.

Pumpkin Idioms & Phrases

Pumpkin" as a term of endearment

Used to refer to someone affectionately.
Good morning, pumpkin! Did you sleep well?

The pumpkin hour

A humorous variation of "the witching hour," implying it's time to go home or go to bed, especially for children.
It's getting late; it's almost the pumpkin hour for us.

Big as a pumpkin

Used to describe something very large, especially someone's head or belly in a playful manner.
After eating so much at dinner, I feel as big as a pumpkin!


Why is it called Pumpkin?

It's derived from the Greek word "pepon," meaning "large melon," which the French adapted to "pompon."

What is the verb form of Pumpkin?

Pumpkin is a noun; it does not have a verb form.

What is the pronunciation of Pumpkin?

It is pronounced as /ˈpʌmp.kɪn/.

What is the singular form of Pumpkin?

The singular form is "pumpkin."

Which conjunction is used with Pumpkin?

"And" is commonly used, as in "pumpkin and squash."

Which preposition is used with Pumpkin?

"Of" can be used with "pumpkin," as in "the color of a pumpkin."

What is the root word of Pumpkin?

Derived from the Greek word "pepon."

Which vowel is used before Pumpkin?

The vowel "a" can be used before "pumpkin," as in "a pumpkin."

What is the plural form of Pumpkin?

The plural form is "pumpkins."

Which article is used with Pumpkin?

Both "a" and "the" can be used, depending on the context.

Is Pumpkin a noun or adjective?

"Pumpkin" is primarily a noun, but can be used as an adjective in contexts like "pumpkin color."

Is Pumpkin an abstract noun?

No, it represents a tangible fruit.

Is Pumpkin a collective noun?

No, it is not a collective noun.

How do we divide Pumpkin into syllables?

It is divided as pump-kin.

What part of speech is Pumpkin?

"Pumpkin" is a noun.

What is the second form of Pumpkin?

Not applicable, as "pumpkin" is a noun.

Is Pumpkin an adverb?

No, "pumpkin" is not an adverb.

Is Pumpkin a countable noun?

Yes, you can have one pumpkin or many pumpkins.

Is the Pumpkin term a metaphor?

Not inherently, but it can be used metaphorically, as in calling someone "pumpkin" as a term of endearment.

Is the word Pumpkin imperative?

No, it's a noun.

How many syllables are in Pumpkin?

There are two syllables in "pumpkin."

What is the opposite of Pumpkin?

There isn't a direct opposite of "pumpkin" since it's a specific fruit.

What is the first form of Pumpkin?

"Pumpkin" doesn't have verb forms, so there's no first form.

What is the third form of Pumpkin?

Not applicable, see answer to question 28.

Is Pumpkin a negative or positive word?

Neutral, but context can make it positive (like "pumpkin pie").

Is Pumpkin a vowel or consonant?

"Pumpkin" is a word, not a vowel or consonant. It contains both vowels and consonants.

What is a stressed syllable in Pumpkin?

The stressed syllable is "pump."

What is another term for Pumpkin?

Squash or gourd can be alternatives, depending on the context.

Which determiner is used with Pumpkin?

Determiners like "this," "that," or "an" can be used depending on context.

How is Pumpkin used in a sentence?

"She baked a delicious pumpkin pie for the family gathering."
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