lumbering

[ luhm-ber-ing ]
/ ˈlʌm bər ɪŋ /

noun

the trade or business of cutting and preparing lumber.

Origin of lumbering

First recorded in 1765–75; lumber1 + -ing1
Related formsun·lum·ber·ing, adjective

Definition for lumbering (2 of 3)

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 lumbering (3 of 3)

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 lumbering (1 of 4)

lumbering

1
/ (ˈlʌmbərɪŋ) /

noun

mainly US and Canadian the business or trade of cutting, transporting, preparing, or selling timber

British Dictionary definitions for lumbering (2 of 4)

lumbering

2
/ (ˈlʌmbərɪŋ) /

adjective

awkward in movement
moving with a rumbling sound
Derived Formslumberingly, adverblumberingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for lumbering (3 of 4)

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 lumbering (4 of 4)

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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