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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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Related Words for lumpy

bumpy, chunky, irregular, thick, uneven

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British Dictionary definitions for lumpy


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 lumpy


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

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