- a group of things placed, thrown, or lying one on another; pile: a heap of stones.
- Informal. a great quantity or number; multitude: a heap of people.
- Slang. an automobile, especially a dilapidated one.
- to gather, put, or cast in a heap; pile (often followed by up, on, together, etc.).
- to accumulate or amass (often followed by up or together): to heap up riches.
- to give, assign, or bestow in great quantity; load (often followed by on or upon): to heap blessings upon someone; to heap someone with work.
- to load, supply, or fill abundantly: to heap a plate with food.
- to become heaped or piled, as sand or snow; rise in a heap or heaps (often followed by up).
- all of a heap, Informal.
- overwhelmed with astonishment; amazed: We were struck all of a heap upon hearing of their divorce.
- suddenly; abruptly: All of a heap the room was empty.
Origin of heap
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Examples from the Web for heap
Since then, Abilify has risen from the fifth-most-prescribed drug to the top of the heap.Mother’s Little Anti-Psychotic Is Worth $6.9 Billion A Year
November 9, 2014
He snatched up the thrown chair and crashed it down onto the head of a charging older black man, who crumpled into a heap.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
This regrettable action will, of course, ignite a racial gang war, leaving a heap of bodies in its wake.Inside 'Sons of Anarchy's' Final Season: Creator Kurt Sutter on the Most Brutal Season Yet
September 10, 2014
Heap praise, not scorn, on physicians who are brave and caring enough to recommend cannabis when appropriate.I Got a Weed License in Minutes
June 24, 2014
Nestled here, in the southwestern corner of the compound, is a heap of crumbling concrete.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
Peart and cunnin', but a heap too wise fur you, son; take my steer on that.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He made of himself but a cock, set for a while on the world's heap to scratch and pick.Weighed and Wanting
And how of the heap of trifles that you can see for yourselves in yonder corner?The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Diablo's no angel, as you've said, Langdon, and this boy made him a heap worse.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"The Denson kids are a heap worse, if she only knew it," he said, and followed her willingly.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
- a collection of articles or mass of material gathered together in one place
- (often plural usually foll by of) informal a large number or quantity
- give them heaps Australian slang to contend strenuously with an opposing sporting team
- give it heaps NZ slang to try very hard
- informal a place or thing that is very old, untidy, unreliable, etcthe car was a heap
- heaps (intensifier)he said he was feeling heaps better
- (often foll by up or together) to collect or be collected into or as if into a heap or pileto heap up wealth
- (tr; often foll by with, on, or upon) to load or supply (with) abundantlyto heap with riches
Word Origin and History for heap
Old English heap "pile, great number, multitude" (of things or persons), from West Germanic *haupaz (cf. Old Saxon hop, Old Frisian hap, Middle Low German hupe, Dutch hoop, German Haufe "heap"), perhaps related to Old English heah "high." Slang meaning "old car" is attested from 1924. As a characteristic word in American Indian English speech, "a lot, a great deal," by 1832.
Old English heapian "collect, heap up, bring together;" from heap (n.). Related: Heaped; heaping. Cf. Old High German houfon "to heap."