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 heaperuncounted, myriad, untold, endless, heap, immeasurable, incalculable, infinite, legion, limitless, many, mess, mint, multitudinous, numberless, oodles, peck, pile, raft, scads
Word Origin for heap
Old English heapian "collect, heap up, bring together;" from heap (n.). Related: Heaped; heaping. Cf. Old High German houfon "to 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.