Pop, pop, pop, Ali—then Cassius Clay—surrounded the lumbering Scandinavian with zinging leather.
For now, Carlisle says the best way to keep rhinos alive is by moving them, one lumbering gray creature at a time.
I doubt that these two clumsy, lumbering companies can work together in any meaningful way.
The great, lumbering beast that is slow growth is another enormous challenge that nobody has quite figured out how to tame.
But his lumbering lurch toward the Ted Cruz tin-foil-hat convention should instead be an object lesson for Republicans to come.
Bernard, the yard-dog, is a lumbering old fellow, with no tricks.
This was some weeks after the log drives, and lumbering was over for the season.
It is singular what a grace the horse-shoe arch gives to the most heavy and lumbering mass of masonry.
We looked with horror after the black carriage, lumbering upon its way.
Give me the good old cross-bow, after all, and none of these lumbering puff-and-bangs that knock you down oftener than your man!
"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.
A bat (1940s+ Baseball)
To take advantage of someone; make someone a scapegoat •Chiefly British: He was totally lumbered. It was a terrible travesty (1845+)
[verb sense fr lumber, ''to fill up or obstruct with lumber,'' found by 1642]