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[ luhm-pee ]


, lump·i·er, lump·i·est.
  1. full of lumps: lump:

    lumpy gravy.

  2. covered with lumps, lump, 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.


/ ˈlʌmpɪ /


  1. full of or having lumps
  2. (esp of the sea) rough
  3. (of a person) heavy or bulky

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Derived Forms

  • ˈlumpiness, noun
  • ˈlumpily, adverb

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Other Words From

  • lumpi·ly adverb
  • lumpi·ness noun
  • un·lumpy adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lumpy1

First recorded in 1700–10; lump 1 + -y 1

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Example Sentences

Once the grass is gone, grade the soil to be sure it is level and not lumpy.

Minced fresh garlic would make it lumpy, thanks in part to the moisture, but the dry powder is much more easily dispersed.

A truly strange, lumpy, funny, wise book that seems to both praise and blame human passion, and romance, and aspiration … The reason it didn’t click before, I think, was that life was too fast.

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Co-founder Leif Abraham told TC’s Alex Wilhelm in December that the company’s growth has been consistent instead of lumpy, expanding at around 30% each month.

Whether you just bought a new bed, or the pillow you’ve been using is old, lumpy, and smelly, getting a new pillow is never a bad idea.

Objects more massive than a certain amount are more spherical than not, while punier specimens are lumpy and irregular.

As the ground under foot grew unusually lumpy, I worried I was stepping on tombs.

But of course, states are lumpy, with pockets of wealth and poverty.

She may face complications down the road, which is why she included a picture of her once-lumpy backside in her book, Shot Girls.

Save the lumpy reindeer sweaters for next year and pack up the black: make the rounds at holiday parties this week in bright red.

Mademoiselle set the tray which she brought in upon a small table near at hand, and seated herself once again on the lumpy sofa.

"I think he must have wound them himself," remarked Louise, shaking her head over the lumpy, unsymmetrical ball she held.

"That'll be the best place for the tenderfoot," growled Lumpy Bates.

Lumpy was so taken by surprise that he had no time to save himself.

Lumpy gave no heed to the command, but broke into a run for Stacy.


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