lumber

1
[ luhm-ber ]
/ ˈlʌm bər /

noun

timber sawed or split into planks, boards, etc.
miscellaneous useless articles that are stored away.

verb (used without object)

to cut timber and prepare it for market.
to become useless or to be stored away as useless.

verb (used with object)

Origin of lumber

1
1545–55; orig. noun use of lumber2; i.e., useless goods that weigh one down, impede one's movements
Related formslum·ber·er, nounlum·ber·less, adjective

Definition for lumber (2 of 2)

lumber

2
[ luhm-ber ]
/ ˈlʌm bər /

verb (used without object)

to move clumsily or heavily, especially from great or ponderous bulk: overloaded wagons lumbering down the dirt road.
to make a rumbling noise.

Origin of lumber

2
1300–50; Middle English lomeren; compare dialectal Swedish lomra to resound, loma to walk heavily
Related formslum·ber·ly, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lumber (1 of 2)

lumber

1
/ (ˈlʌmbə) /

noun

mainly US and Canadian
  1. logs; sawn timber
  2. cut timber, esp when sawn and dressed ready for use in joinery, carpentry, etc
  3. (as modifier)the lumber trade
British
  1. useless household articles that are stored away
  2. (as modifier)lumber room

verb

Derived Formslumberer, noun

Word Origin for lumber

C17: perhaps from a noun use of lumber ²

British Dictionary definitions for lumber (2 of 2)

lumber

2
/ (ˈlʌmbə) /

verb (intr)

to move awkwardly
an obsolete word for rumble

Word Origin for lumber

C14 lomeren; perhaps related to lome lame 1, Swedish dialect loma to move ponderously
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