[luhm-puh n]


of or relating to disfranchised and uprooted individuals or groups, especially those who have lost status: the lumpen bourgeoisie.


a lumpen individual or group.

Origin of lumpen

First recorded in 1945–50; extracted from lumpenproletariat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lumpen



informal stupid or unthinking

Word Origin for lumpen

from German Lump vagabond, influenced in meaning by Lumpen rag, as in lumpenproletariat
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