American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Stupid or dull.
- adj. Clumsy or cumbersome.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adj. Like a lump, cloddish, dull, slow-witted.
- adj. Like lumps, composed of unshaped or mismatched pieces.
- adj. Shaped like a lump, ill defined in shape.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Like a lump; inert; gross; heavy; dull; spiritless.
- adj. mentally sluggish
- lump + -ish (Wiktionary)
“It is often assumed that “moral subjectivism” must denote a kind of lumpish relativism according to which whatever sentiments an individual happens to have determine the moral truth for that person; it is often assumed that moral subjectivism would therefore render incoherent the ideas of moral improvement, moral criticism, and moral disagreement.”
“In the early days, when they had first come to the farm, she had often visited them, watching Kathia, Dessie, with a kind of lumpish interest.”
“What most collectors wanted were Guston's graceful abstract paintings from the 1950's, not the lumpish, ragged late works that had caused New York critic Hilton Kramer to call Guston "A Mandarin Pretending to be a Stumblebum.”
“The camera regularly examines his lumpish figure, his potato-like face, his small and porcine eyes.”
“We dread turning into a lumpish, sexless gnome in a pastel sweatsuit, existing for the free cheese samples at the supermarket and owning too many mugs with funny sayings on them.”
“And the prospect of sequels to this lumpish and leaden action-adventure is nothing to cheer about.”
“She was big and serious, not much prone to smiling, and a bit lumpish.”
“David Worth looked baffled, but he took the lumpish book from Ben.”
“Part of the roof was gone, so that one side of the structure looked squat and lumpish, while the other retained at least a suggestion of grandeur.”
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