verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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
Synonyms for heap
Related Words for heapbundle, lump, jumble, clump, stack, ton, concentrate, dump, load, profusion, gathering, stockpile, pot, scad, cluster, fullness, concentration, total, mint, bunch
Examples from the Web for heap
Contemporary Examples of heap
Since then, Abilify has risen from the fifth-most-prescribed drug to the top of the heap.Mother’s Little Anti-Psychotic Is Worth $6.9 Billion A Year
November 9, 2014
He snatched up the thrown chair and crashed it down onto the head of a charging older black man, who crumpled into a heap.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
This regrettable action will, of course, ignite a racial gang war, leaving a heap of bodies in its wake.Inside 'Sons of Anarchy's' Final Season: Creator Kurt Sutter on the Most Brutal Season Yet
September 10, 2014
Heap praise, not scorn, on physicians who are brave and caring enough to recommend cannabis when appropriate.I Got a Weed License in Minutes
June 24, 2014
Nestled here, in the southwestern corner of the compound, is a heap of crumbling concrete.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
Historical Examples of heap
Peart and cunnin', but a heap too wise fur you, son; take my steer on that.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He made of himself but a cock, set for a while on the world's heap to scratch and pick.Weighed and Wanting
And how of the heap of trifles that you can see for yourselves in yonder corner?The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Diablo's no angel, as you've said, Langdon, and this boy made him a heap worse.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"The Denson kids are a heap worse, if she only knew it," he said, and followed her willingly.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
Word Origin for 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.
Old English heapian "collect, heap up, bring together;" from heap (n.). Related: Heaped; heaping. Cf. Old High German houfon "to heap."