verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- lump hammer,
- lump in one's throat,
- lump of sugar,
- lump sum,
Origin of lump1
verb (used with object) Informal.
Origin of lump2
Examples from the Web for lump
French President François Hollande is telling the French people they should “not lump them together.”
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|Jamie Dettmer|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Daly|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
The Major hardly ever visited the henhouse without finding a lump somewhere.The Tale of Major Monkey|Arthur Scott Bailey
Not much, but that was a pretty good crack, was Andys reply, as he felt his head where a lump was rapidly rising.First at the North Pole|Edward Stratemeyer
Paulette blew alive the coals of last night's fire, and made coffee and carried it across to her husband with a lump of bread.Home Fires in France|Dorothy Canfield
It is looking up into your face, and its mouth is open as if anticipating a lump of sugar.The Sorcery Club|Elliott O'Donnell
He longed to say "some currants," but he had failed before, and he substituted "a lump of sugar."The Altar Steps|Compton MacKenzie
- 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