verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- healy, timothy michael,
- heaney, seamus,
- hear a peep out of,
- hear a pin drop, can
- 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
Examples from the Web for heaps
Stacked next to his Catalogue of Expert Witnesses are heaps of anti-heavy-metal pamphlets.
They were piled in heaps inside homes, stored in overflowing baskets, and stacked in pyramids as high as children.
Yes, you may be saying to yourself, “I vaguely recall that name from heaps of media coverage several lifetimes ago.”
The heaps of gifted and hand-me-down pink frilly clothes and accessories grew far faster than we were able to sort and store them.
He is often intemperate in tone—Morris "heaps deceit upon deceit"—which almost always is a sign of a weak argument.
Both yards were forlorn, uneven, and malodorous, from the heaps of offal and rubbish lying under the hot sun.Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, Volume I (of 2)|Isabella L. Bird
The shell of Babylon, the gorgeous city which rose by Euphrates, has indeed sunk into heaps; but Babylon herself is not dead.The Expositor's Bible|George Adam Smith
"There are heaps of new girls," volunteered another who stood by.The Luckiest Girl in the School|Angela Brazil
Tom noticed that the heaps were covered with long stalks which surrounded them like grass.Little Tom|V. Tille
The wind had shifted to the northwest, sweeping out the fog and piling the low clouds in heaps.Caleb West, Master Diver|F. Hopkinson Smith
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.