verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of lump1
verb (used with object) Informal.
Origin of lump2
Related Words for lumpbump, swelling, chunk, wad, tumor, bulge, pile, knot, hunk, wedge, chip, morsel, cluster, growth, bunch, protrusion, group, dab, section, gob
Examples from the Web for lump
Contemporary Examples of lump
French President François Hollande is telling the French people they should “not lump them together.”France’s Wave of Crazy-Terror Christmas Attacks
December 24, 2014
If the Americans are going to lump them together with ISIS, maybe best to join forces.ISIS and Al Qaeda Ready to Gang Up on Obama's Rebels
November 11, 2014
The one-time anti-bullying champion let his attorney seek to lump the victim together with the victimizer.Ray Rice Should Have Remembered His 'Kindness' Anti-Bullying Wristband
September 10, 2014
One morning in late December, Sclove told me she awoke to discover a lump on her lower spine.
The lump, it turned out, was the result of a dislocated vertebrae.
Historical Examples of lump
Alleyne said nothing, but his heart seemed to turn to a lump of ice in his bosom.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Little Doctor was struggling with the lump in her throat that he should try to joke about it.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
With that he ups with a lump of a two year old, and lets drive at me.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Your mind is so set on yourself that you're like a lump of stone.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Lieutenant Roger Fenton had a lump in his throat when he said good-bye to his boys.The Comrade In White
W. H. Leathem
- self-employed workers in the building trade considered collectively, esp with reference to tax and national insurance evasion
- (as modifier)lump labour
Word Origin for lump
Word Origin for lump
early 14c., lumpe (1224 as surname), probably in Old English, perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. cognate Danish lumpe, 16c.), of unknown origin. Cf. also Middle High German lumpe, early modern Dutch lompe. Phrase lump in (one's) throat "feeling of tightness brought on by emotion" is from 1803. Lumps "hard knocks, a beating" is colloquial, from 1934. Lump sum, one covering a number of items, is from 1867.
"endure" (now usually in contrast to like), 1791, apparently an extended sense from an older meaning "to look sulky, dislike" (1570s), of unknown origin, perhaps a symbolic sound (cf. grump, harumph, etc.). Related: Lumped; lumping.
LUMPING. Great. A lumping pennyworth; a great qualtity for the money, a bargain. He has got a lumping pennyworth; frequently said of a man who marries a fat woman. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
early 15c., "to curl up in a ball, to gather into a lump" (implied in lumped), from lump (n.). Meaning "to put together in one mass or group" is from 1620s. Related: Lumped; lumping.
In addition to the idiom beginning with lump
- lump in one's throat
- like it or lump it