- The definition of lumber is wood sawed into beams and boards of convenient sizes.
An example of lumber is the wood used for building a deck.
- To lumber is defined as to move slowly with a lot of effort.
An example of lumber is when big trucks must climb up a steep incline.
A man measures lumber for a deck.
- miscellaneous discarded household articles, furniture, etc. stored away or taking up room
- ☆ timber sawed into beams, planks, boards, etc. of convenient sizes
Origin of lumber; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Lombard: origin, originally , pawnbroker's shop or storeroom, hence pawned articles in storage, hence stored articles, hence lumber
- to fill or obstruct with useless articles or rubbish; clutter
- Brit., Informal to encumber or burden: often with with
- ☆ to remove (timber) from (an area) for use as lumber
- ☆ lumberer
- to move heavily, clumsily, and, often, noisily: tanks lumbering up a slope
- to rumble
Origin of lumberMiddle English lomeren ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Scandinavian as in Swedish lomra, to resound, loma, to walk heavily
- Timber sawed into boards, planks, or other structural members of standard or specified length.
- Something useless or cumbersome.
- Chiefly British Miscellaneous stored articles.
verblum·bered, lum·ber·ing, lum·bers
- a. To cut down (trees) and prepare as marketable timber.b. To cut down the timber of.
- Chiefly British To clutter with or as if with unused articles.
Origin of lumberPerhaps from lumber2.
intransitive verblum·bered, lum·ber·ing, lum·bers
- To walk or move clumsily or heavily. See Synonyms at blunder.
- To move with a rumbling noise.
Origin of lumberMiddle English lomeren, possibly of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialectal loma, to move heavily.
(third-person singular simple present lumbers, present participle lumbering, simple past and past participle lumbered)
lumber - Investment & Finance Definition
A product created from trees that is used in constructing homes, offices, and furniture. Futures contracts are traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), among other exchanges throughout the world. The CME’s contract is random-length lumber futures, which began trading in 1969. Options also are traded on lumber.