- of or relating to disfranchised and uprooted individuals or groups, especially those who have lost status: the lumpen bourgeoisie.
- a lumpen individual or group.
Origin of lumpen
First recorded in 1945–50; extracted from lumpenproletariat
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- informal stupid or unthinking
from German Lump vagabond, influenced in meaning by Lumpen rag, as in lumpenproletariat
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