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adjective, lump·i·er, lump·i·est.
  1. full of lumps: lumpy gravy.
  2. covered with lumps, as a surface.
  3. heavy or clumsy, as in movement or style; crude: a lumpy gait; a lumpy narrative.
  4. (of water) rough or choppy.
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Origin of lumpy

First recorded in 1700–10; lump1 + -y1
Related formslump·i·ly, adverblump·i·ness, nounun·lump·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for lumpiness

Historical Examples of lumpiness

  • Plant in an irregular manner so as to avoid stiffness or lumpiness, and let one group run in behind another.

    Making a Garden of Perennials

    W. C. Egan

  • When broken up, the starter should be of a smooth creamy texture and entirely free from lumpiness or wateriness.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

British Dictionary definitions for lumpiness


adjective lumpier or lumpiest
  1. full of or having lumps
  2. (esp of the sea) rough
  3. (of a person) heavy or bulky
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Derived Formslumpily, adverblumpiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lumpiness



1707, from lump (n.) + -y (2). Related: Lumpiness.

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