- 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 heaped
And they said that the blame for managing foreign policy crises can hardly be heaped on the departing secretary.Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama: Inside the Defense Secretary’s Sudden Firing
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
November 24, 2014
A mound of flowers to those killed by real bullets is heaped in a memorial on the road to the parliament.My Walk Through Kiev's Maidan Square
April 6, 2014
One imagines that the latest pope, a Jesuit, is familiar with the centuries of calumny that have been heaped upon his forebears.Thank God Pope Francis Is a Jesuit
March 16, 2013
But those who heaped abuse were the rarities, the people my friends and I laughed at.Knesset Member Calls for Jailing of Human Rights Activists
Emily L. Hauser
June 1, 2012
If, for a while, critical attention was heaped on post-9/11 fiction—What is it?Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
November 20, 2010
If we heaped the fireplace to the top, it could not make them seem home-like.In the Valley
You may cover them with cream whipped to a stiff froth, and heaped on them.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
But the wrongs society has heaped upon me are treasured in this breast.'Little Dorrit
Plainly as look could speak, it said, "Will you suffer this injustice to be heaped upon me?"The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Then he brought forth gifts and heaped them up before the steps.The Chinese Fairy Book
- 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 heaped
Old English heapian "collect, heap up, bring together;" from heap (n.). Related: Heaped; heaping. Cf. Old High German houfon "to 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.