- 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.
- 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.
- to become heaped or piled, as sand or snow; rise in a heap or heaps (often followed by up).
- all of a heap, Informal.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for heaping
“Oh God, that was so much fun,” Sheehy says, wedging a cookie between two heaping scoops of ice cream—dessert.Gail Sheehy Books Passage to the Past
September 3, 2014
La Teresita also has an adjoining cafeteria where you can head for an informal buffet and heaping piles of Cuban delicacies.Eat Your Way Through Tampa’s Cuban Oasis
July 10, 2014
Drop the biscuit batter by the heaping tablespoonful onto a prepared baking sheets allowing about 1- inch between mounds.Cat Cora’s Valentine’s Day Menu for Single People
February 13, 2014
Pub-weary Brits soak up the pints with a heaping bacon sandwich.The Wildest Hangover Cures From Around the World
November 29, 2013
At home, I start the day by scooping out a couple of heaping tablespoons of Starbucks espresso roast into my Breville machine.The Starbucks Shutdown Petition Is Baloney
October 11, 2013
Then a couch is formed by heaping up wool and down at the bottom of the nest.The Industries of Animals
I am heaping up words in vain, which is a thing outside my habits.In Direst Peril
David Christie Murray
They were digging the earth with bayonets, they were heaping it up with their hands.The Long Roll
Instead of heaping reproaches on me, she acquiesced in the fraud.The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)
Alexandre Dumas pre
He could not have taken a better method of heaping coals of fire on her head.Prairie Folks
- US and Canadian (of a spoonful) heaped
- 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
Word Origin and History for heaping
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.