[ luhmp ]
/ lʌmp /
a piece or mass of solid matter without regular shape or of no particular shape: a lump of coal.
a protuberance or swelling: a blow that raised a lump on his head.
an aggregation, collection, or mass; clump: All the articles were piled in a great lump.
Also called lump of sugar. a small block of granulated sugar, designed for sweetening hot coffee, tea, etc.: How many lumps do you take in your coffee?
majority; plurality; multitude: The great lump of voters are still undecided.
lumps, Informal. harsh criticism, punishment, or defeat: The new theory came in for some lumps when other scholars heard of it.
Informal. a heavy, clumsy, and usually stupid person.
in the form of a lump or lumps: lump sugar.
made up of a number of items taken together; not separated or considered separately: The debts were paid in one lump sum.
verb (used with object)
to unite into one aggregation, collection, or mass (often followed by together): We lumped the reds and blues together.
to deal with, handle, consider, etc., in the lump or mass: to lump unrelated matters indiscriminately.
to make into a lump or lumps: to lump dough before shaping it into loaves.
to raise into or cover with lumps: a plow lumping the moist earth.
verb (used without object)
to form or raise a lump or lumps: Stir the gravy so that it doesn't lump.
to move heavily and awkwardly: The big oaf lumped along beside me.
Words nearby lump
Idioms for lump
get/take one's lumps, to receive or endure hardship, punishment, criticism, etc.: Without its star pitcher, the baseball team will get its lumps today.
Origin of lump1
1250–1300; Middle English lumpe, lomp(e); cognate with early Dutch lompe piece, Danish lump(e) lump, dialectal Norwegian lump block
OTHER WORDS FROM lumplump·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for get one's lumps (1 of 2)
/ (lʌmp) /
a small solid mass without definite shape
pathol any small swelling or tumour
a collection of things; aggregate
informal an awkward, heavy, or stupid person
(plural) US informal punishment, defeat, or reverseshe took his lumps
the lump British
- self-employed workers in the building trade considered collectively, esp with reference to tax and national insurance evasion
- (as modifier)lump labour
(modifier) in the form of a lump or lumpslump sugar
a lump in one's throat a tight dry feeling in one's throat, usually caused by great emotion
(tr often foll by together) to collect into a mass or group
(intr) to grow into lumps or become lumpy
(tr) to consider as a single group, often without justification
(tr) to make or cause lumps in or on
(intr often foll by along) to move or proceed in a heavy manner
Word Origin for lump
C13: probably related to early Dutch lompe piece, Scandinavian dialect lump block, Middle High German lumpe rag
British Dictionary definitions for get one's lumps (2 of 2)
/ (lʌmp) /
(tr) informal to tolerate or put up with; endure (in the phrase lump it)
Word Origin for lump
C16: origin uncertain
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Idioms and Phrases with get one's lumps
In addition to the idiom beginning with lump
- lump in one's throat
- like it or lump it
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