[ 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.

Origin of lumpy

First recorded in 1700–10; lump1 + -y1

Related forms

lump·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 Forms

lumpily, adverblumpiness, noun
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