verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- lump hammer,
- lump in one's throat,
- lump of sugar,
- lump sum,
Origin of lump1
verb (used with object) Informal.
Origin of lump2
Examples from the Web for lumping
Biographer Andrew Roberts argues that history has maligned Napoleon by lumping him in with totalitarian thugs.
And the lumping together of DREAMers with farm laborers is a bizarre decision.What You Need to Know About the Gang of Eight's Immigration Reform Deal|Justin Green|April 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But more often than not, Perry is lumping together early constitutional debaters and quoting the people on the losing side.
Within a minute, riding side by side, our horses walking rapidly, we were out of sight of the lumping shadow of the ambulance.My Lady of Doubt|Randall Parrish
You get to thinking of them in general, lumping them as 'humanity.'East Angels|Constance Fenimore Woolson
Oh, that was for the House balls—oh, but we are lumping the two together.The Cock-House at Fellsgarth|Talbot Baines Reed
She did not believe in lumping big stuff together like that.The Quirt|B.M. Bower
"I won't," said Tom, flushing up to his hair, and lumping them all in his mind with his sworn enemy.Tom Brown's School Days|Thomas Hughes
- self-employed workers in the building trade considered collectively, esp with reference to tax and national insurance evasion
- (as modifier)lump labour
Word Origin for lump
Word Origin for lump
early 14c., lumpe (1224 as surname), probably in Old English, perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. cognate Danish lumpe, 16c.), of unknown origin. Cf. also Middle High German lumpe, early modern Dutch lompe. Phrase lump in (one's) throat "feeling of tightness brought on by emotion" is from 1803. Lumps "hard knocks, a beating" is colloquial, from 1934. Lump sum, one covering a number of items, is from 1867.
"endure" (now usually in contrast to like), 1791, apparently an extended sense from an older meaning "to look sulky, dislike" (1570s), of unknown origin, perhaps a symbolic sound (cf. grump, harumph, etc.). Related: Lumped; lumping.
LUMPING. Great. A lumping pennyworth; a great qualtity for the money, a bargain. He has got a lumping pennyworth; frequently said of a man who marries a fat woman. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
early 15c., "to curl up in a ball, to gather into a lump" (implied in lumped), from lump (n.). Meaning "to put together in one mass or group" is from 1620s. Related: Lumped; lumping.
In addition to the idiom beginning with lump
- lump in one's throat
- like it or lump it