from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An irregularly shaped mass or piece.
  • n. A small cube of sugar.
  • n. Pathology A swelling or small palpable mass.
  • n. A collection or totality; an aggregate.
  • n. A person regarded as ungainly or dull-witted.
  • n. Informal Severe punishment or treatment, as a beating or an unsparing criticism: take one's lumps.
  • n. Informal One's just deserts; comeuppance: get one's lumps.
  • adj. Formed into lumps: lump sugar.
  • adj. Not broken or divided into parts: a lump payment.
  • transitive v. To put together in a single group without discrimination.
  • transitive v. To move with heavy clumsiness.
  • transitive v. To make into lumps.
  • intransitive v. To become lumpy.
  • intransitive v. To move heavily.
  • idiom lump in (one's) throat A feeling of constriction in the throat caused by emotion.
  • transitive v. Informal To tolerate (what must be endured): like it or lump it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that protrudes, sticks out, or sticks together; a cluster or blob; a mound, hill, or group.
  • n. A group, set, or unit.
  • n. A small, shaped mass of sugar, typically about a teaspoonful.
  • n. A dull or lazy person.
  • n. A beating or verbal abuse.
  • v. To treat as a single unit; to group together.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small mass of matter of irregular shape; an irregular or shapeless mass
  • n. A mass or aggregation of things.
  • n. A projection beneath the breech end of a gun barrel.
  • intransitive v. To throw into a mass; to unite in a body or sum without distinction of particulars.
  • intransitive v. To take in the gross; to speak of collectively.
  • intransitive v. To get along with as one can, although displeased.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make into a mass; combine in a body or gross sum without distinction of particulars.
  • To take in the lump, or collectively in the gross; consider or dispose of in the gross.
  • To beat severely.
  • To act as a lumper; be employed in loading or unloading ships, as a stevedore.
  • To look sullen or glum; sulk.
  • To take without choice; take “anyhow”: a word in itself of no definite signification, used in the expression “if you don't like it, you may lump it.”
  • n. In mining, a coarse fragment of ore, coal, phosphate rock, or any useful mineral, as contrasted with the fines, spalls, or otherwise designated smaller pieces.
  • Noting the coarser grade of bituminous coal which is picked out as it comes from the mine.
  • To appear larger by aggregation; bulk: as, he lumped large in public imagination.
  • n. A small mass; a relatively small aggregation or conglomeration of solid matter without regular form: as, a lump of ore, clay, or dough; to melt a number of coins into one lump.
  • n. A protuberant part; a knob, bunch, or swelling: as, a lump raised on the head by a blow.
  • n. A blow.
  • n. A dull, stolid person.
  • n. In firearms
  • n. The nipple-seat on the barrel.
  • n. In a break-joint breech-loader, an iron block on the barrel which descends into a recess in the action.
  • n. A bloom or loupe of malleable iron.
  • n. The lump-fish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. group or chunk together in a certain order or place side by side
  • n. an awkward stupid person
  • n. a large piece of something without definite shape
  • n. an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement
  • v. put together indiscriminately
  • n. a compact mass


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English lumpe, of Low German origin; akin to obsolete Dutch lompe.
Perhaps from dialectal lump, to look sullen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English lumpe. Confer German Lumpen ("rag") and Lump ("ragamuffin")



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