Nearby words

  1. lumisterol,
  2. lumière,
  3. lumme,
  4. lummix,
  5. lummox,
  6. lump hammer,
  7. lump in one's throat,
  8. lump of sugar,
  9. lump sum,
  10. lumpectomy


    get/take one's lumps, to receive or endure hardship, punishment, criticism, etc.: Without its star pitcher, the baseball team will get its lumps today.

Origin of lump

1250–1300; Middle English lumpe, lomp(e); cognate with early Dutch lompe piece, Danish lump(e) lump, dialectal Norwegian lump block

Related formslump·ing·ly, adverb


[ luhmp ]
/ lʌmp /

verb (used with object) Informal.

to put up with; resign oneself to; accept and endure: If you don't like it, you can lump it.

Origin of lump

1785–95; Americanism; perhaps identical with British dialect lump to look sullen, of expressive orig. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lump


/ (lʌmp) /



Word Origin for lump

C13: probably related to early Dutch lompe piece, Scandinavian dialect lump block, Middle High German lumpe rag


(tr) informal to tolerate or put up with; endure (in the phrase lump it)

Word Origin for lump

C16: origin uncertain

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Word Origin and History for lump
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Idioms and Phrases with lump


In addition to the idiom beginning with lump

  • lump in one's throat

also see:

  • like it or lump it
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