- timber sawed or split into planks, boards, etc.
- miscellaneous useless articles that are stored away.
- to cut timber and prepare it for market.
- to become useless or to be stored away as useless.
- to convert (a specified amount, area, etc.) into lumber: We lumbered more than a million acres last year.
- to heap together in disorder.
- to fill up or obstruct with miscellaneous useless articles; encumber.
Origin of lumber1
- 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 lumber2
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Examples from the Web for lumbered
All antsy-ness dissipated when Kristian Nairn, a.k.a. Hodor, lumbered onstage.Game of Thrones: Sex, Swords, and Dragons at a Fans’ Night Out
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Bush then lumbered him with a vast new bureaucracy now encompassing over 2,000 souls.Obama's Dangerous Spy Game
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The normally debonair George Hamilton lumbered around the Stars stage during Season Two, lacking all of his usual grace.11 Most Awkward Dancing Stars
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And Jeff Rankin rose without a word and lumbered to the top of the hill.Way of the Lawless
Then the black bear decided to be afraid, and lumbered back into the bushes.The Rock of Chickamauga
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A cart, unmistakably a cart, lumbered across the stones at the end of the pier.The Red Hand of Ulster
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He gulped, blinked, heaved himself up, and lumbered after the others.Sonnie-Boy's People
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Stryker lumbered past him and took the controls, spiraling the Marco Four down.Control Group
- mainly US and Canadian
- logs; sawn timber
- cut timber, esp when sawn and dressed ready for use in joinery, carpentry, etc
- (as modifier)the lumber trade
- useless household articles that are stored away
- (as modifier)lumber room
- (tr) to pile together in a disorderly manner
- (tr) to fill up or encumber with useless household articles
- mainly US and Canadian to convert (the trees) of (a forest) into marketable timber
- (tr) British informal to burden with something unpleasant, tedious, etc
- (tr) Australian to arrest; imprison
- to move awkwardly
- an obsolete word for rumble
Word Origin and History for lumbered
"timber sawn into rough planks," 1660s, American English (Massachusetts), earlier "disused bit of furniture; heavy, useless objects" (1550s), probably from lumber (v.), perhaps influenced by Lombard, from the Italian immigrants famous as pawnbrokers and money-lenders in England (see Lombard). Lumbar, Lumbard were old alternative forms of Lombard in English. The evolution of sense then would be because a lumber-house ("pawn shop") naturally accumulates odds and ends of furniture.
Live Lumber; soldiers or passengers on board a ship are so called by the sailors.
LUMBER HOUSE. A house appropriated by thieves for the reception of their stolen property. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
"to move clumsily," c.1300, lomere, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Swedish loma "move slowly, walk heavily," Old Norse lami "lame"), ultimately cognate with lame (adj.). Related: Lumbered; lumbering.