[ heep ]
/ hip /
a group of things placed, thrown, or lying one on another; pile: a heap of stones.
Informal. a great quantity or number; multitude: a heap of people.
Slang. an automobile, especially a dilapidated one.
verb (used with object)
to gather, put, or cast in a heap; pile (often followed by up, on, together, etc.).
to accumulate or amass (often followed by up or together): to heap up riches.
to give, assign, or bestow in great quantity; load (often followed by on or upon): to heap blessings upon someone; to heap someone with work.
to load, supply, or fill abundantly: to heap a plate with food.
verb (used without object)
to become heaped or piled, as sand or snow; rise in a heap or heaps (often followed by up).
- 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.
all of a heap, Informal.
Origin of heap
before 900; 1925–30 for def 3; Middle English heep, Old English hēap; cognate with Dutch hoop, Old High German houf; akin to German Haufe
Related formsheap·er, nounheap·y, adjectiveo·ver·heap, verb (used with object)un·heaped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for heaper
/ (hiːp) /
a collection of articles or mass of material gathered together in one place
(often plural usually foll by of) informal a large number or quantity
give them heaps Australian slang to contend strenuously with an opposing sporting team
give it heaps NZ slang to try very hard
informal a place or thing that is very old, untidy, unreliable, etcthe car was a heap
heaps (intensifier)he said he was feeling heaps better
(often foll by up or together) to collect or be collected into or as if into a heap or pileto heap up wealth
(tr; often foll by with, on, or upon) to load or supply (with) abundantlyto heap with riches
Derived Formsheaper, noun
Word Origin for heap
Old English héap; related to Old Frisian hāp, Old Saxon hōp, Old High German houf
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