[ luhm-pee ]
/ ˈlʌm pi /

adjective, lump·i·er, lump·i·est.

full of lumps: lumpy gravy.
covered with lumps, as a surface.
heavy or clumsy, as in movement or style; crude: a lumpy gait; a lumpy narrative.
(of water) rough or choppy.

Nearby words

  1. lumpenproletariat,
  2. lumper,
  3. lumpfish,
  4. lumpish,
  5. lumpsucker,
  6. lumpy jaw,
  7. lumumba,
  8. lumumba, patrice emergy,
  9. luna,
  10. luna moth

Origin of lumpy

First recorded in 1700–10; lump1 + -y1

Related formslump·i·ly, adverblump·i·ness, nounun·lump·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lumpiness

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

  • 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


/ (ˈlʌmpɪ) /

adjective lumpier or lumpiest

full of or having lumps
(esp of the sea) rough
(of a person) heavy or bulky
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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