lumper

[ luhm-per ]
/ ˈlʌm pər /
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noun

a day laborer employed to handle cargo, as fish or timber.
Biology Informal. a taxonomist who believes that classifications should emphasize similarities among organisms and therefore favors large, inclusive taxa (opposed to splitter).

Origin of lumper

1775–85; lump1 (in v. sense) + -er1

Definition for lumper (2 of 2)

Origin of lump

1
1250–1300; Middle English lumpe, lomp(e); cognate with early Dutch lompe piece, Danish lump(e) lump, dialectal Norwegian lump block

Related forms

lump·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for lumper (1 of 3)

lumper

/ (ˈlʌmpə) /

noun

US a stevedore; docker

British Dictionary definitions for lumper (2 of 3)

lump

1
/ (lʌmp) /

noun


verb

Word Origin for lump

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

British Dictionary definitions for lumper (3 of 3)

lump

2
/ (lʌmp) /

verb

(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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Idioms and Phrases with lumper

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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