- timber sawed or split into planks, boards, etc.
- miscellaneous useless articles that are stored away.
- to cut timber and prepare it for market.
- to become useless or to be stored away as useless.
- to convert (a specified amount, area, etc.) into lumber: We lumbered more than a million acres last year.
- to heap together in disorder.
- to fill up or obstruct with miscellaneous useless articles; encumber.
Origin of lumber1
- to move clumsily or heavily, especially from great or ponderous bulk: overloaded wagons lumbering down the dirt road.
- to make a rumbling noise.
Origin of lumber2
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Examples from the Web for lumber
The judges noted that he told one of the officers he had “copped some lumber.”The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
Our inner cities are stacks of dry leaves and lumber, waiting for a spark.‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson
November 26, 2014
Today, ton-sized pieces of lumber lay rotting in the cool morning air.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
But his 8-year-old company could choose from a handful of lumber kilns within hours of the city.Brooklyn’s Booming Firewood Industry
July 8, 2014
We were in the guest lodge of a lumber company in a small town in East Texas.‘The Land of the Permanent Wave’ Is Bud Shrake’s Classic Take on ‘60s Texas
February 2, 2014
As for furs and leather and lumber, no other town in the colonies compared with Albany.In the Valley
They stood knee-deep in the clutter and lumber, facing each other abjectly.The Gentleman From Indiana
I've bought some cheap ones at the lumber yard, and they're on the way.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
Mason was a millionaire and a lumber king, but every one called him Ed.One Day's Courtship
That lumber was going to be delivered, if he had to carry it himself, stick by stick.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- mainly US and Canadian
- logs; sawn timber
- cut timber, esp when sawn and dressed ready for use in joinery, carpentry, etc
- (as modifier)the lumber trade
- useless household articles that are stored away
- (as modifier)lumber room
- (tr) to pile together in a disorderly manner
- (tr) to fill up or encumber with useless household articles
- mainly US and Canadian to convert (the trees) of (a forest) into marketable timber
- (tr) British informal to burden with something unpleasant, tedious, etc
- (tr) Australian to arrest; imprison
- to move awkwardly
- an obsolete word for rumble
Word Origin and History for lumber
"timber sawn into rough planks," 1660s, American English (Massachusetts), earlier "disused bit of furniture; heavy, useless objects" (1550s), probably from lumber (v.), perhaps influenced by Lombard, from the Italian immigrants famous as pawnbrokers and money-lenders in England (see Lombard). Lumbar, Lumbard were old alternative forms of Lombard in English. The evolution of sense then would be because a lumber-house ("pawn shop") naturally accumulates odds and ends of furniture.
Live Lumber; soldiers or passengers on board a ship are so called by the sailors.
LUMBER HOUSE. A house appropriated by thieves for the reception of their stolen property. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
"to move clumsily," c.1300, lomere, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Swedish loma "move slowly, walk heavily," Old Norse lami "lame"), ultimately cognate with lame (adj.). Related: Lumbered; lumbering.