lumpen

[ luhm-puh n ]
/ ˈlʌm pən /

adjective

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

noun

a lumpen individual or group.

Nearby words

  1. lump hammer,
  2. lump in one's throat,
  3. lump of sugar,
  4. lump sum,
  5. lumpectomy,
  6. lumpenprole,
  7. lumpenproletariat,
  8. lumper,
  9. lumpfish,
  10. lumpish

Origin of lumpen

First recorded in 1945–50; extracted from lumpenproletariat

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British Dictionary definitions for lumpen

lumpen

/ (ˈlʌmpən) /

adjective

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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