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 lumps
Locals quickly joined the effort to help unearth the lumps and unveil first corners, and then entire slabs, of tombstones.
Which brings us to the most unfortunate essays in the book, two lumps of coal in a collection otherwise loaded with gems.‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’: Rian Malan’s South Africa Reviewed|Katie Baker|November 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Ibish lumps all these ideas together and dismisses them as "maximalist."When Peace Seems Impossible: A Response to Hussein Ibish|Michael Kagan|May 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Our doctors tell us that breast cancer in young women is “rare” and our lumps are probably benign.Why Komen Let Me Down: A Breast-Cancer Survivor's Haunting Tale|Rebecca Webber|February 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Then I smelled the mangos on the trees outside and felt the lumps in the mattress.
Their progress was slow, and they slept on a bed of brush which had lumps and knots to bruise every soft spot on their bodies.Dick in the Everglades|A. W. Dimock
When the ore is found in strata or lumps near the surface, they dig down to it.Popular Technology; Volume 2|Edward Hazen
When cold, stir in flour, to give it the consistency of thick cream, being particular to beat up all the lumps.The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)|Mrs. F.L. Gillette
She had, in fact, put in half a dozen lumps, one after the other.That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 1(of 3)|Frances Eleanor Trollope
"I suppose he had lost money or something of that kind," conjectured Adele, stirring two lumps of sugar in a glass of water.Pietro Ghisleri|F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
- 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