- 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 heaps
Stacked next to his Catalogue of Expert Witnesses are heaps of anti-heavy-metal pamphlets.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
They were piled in heaps inside homes, stored in overflowing baskets, and stacked in pyramids as high as children.A Little Too Off the Beaten Path in Burma
June 2, 2014
Yes, you may be saying to yourself, “I vaguely recall that name from heaps of media coverage several lifetimes ago.”Joe the Plumber’s ‘Dead Kid’ Callousness
May 29, 2014
The heaps of gifted and hand-me-down pink frilly clothes and accessories grew far faster than we were able to sort and store them.Why I Finally Let My Girls Be Girly
May 17, 2014
He is often intemperate in tone—Morris "heaps deceit upon deceit"—which almost always is a sign of a weak argument.A Response to Daniel Levy
April 17, 2012
Of course it did not do any good, and he knew that, but he considered it was heaps of satisfaction.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
The embassy occupies but one of them, where it heaps up its dusty archives.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
When you let him in he curls into heaps of joy, and fairly stands on his head sometimes.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
It is a joy to look upon the heaps of slain when all is done.The Mayflower, January, 1905
Where there had been shops and hotels, there were now heaps of rubble and calcined bricks.Changing Winds</p>
St. John G. Ervine
- 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 heaps
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.