designating or of persons or groups regarded as belonging to a low or contemptible segment of their class or kind because of their unproductiveness, shiftlessness, alienation, etc.
Origin of lumpenshortened from lumpenproletariat from Ger, lowest level of the proletariat: coined (1850) by Karl Marx from lumpen-, trashy ( from lump, scoundrel, ragamuffin, literally , rag from Middle High German lumpe: see limp) + proletariat, proletariat
such a person or group
- Of or relating to dispossessed, often displaced people who have been cut off from the socioeconomic class with which they would ordinarily be identified: lumpen intellectuals unable to find work in their fields.
- Of or relating to the lumpenproletariat.
- Vulgar or common; plebeian: “Popular novelists and their mass readership remain a despised lumpen minority” ( Leslie Fiedler )
- used with a pl. verb The lumpenproletariat.
- used with a sing. verb A member of the lumpenproletariat.
Origin of lumpenFrom German Lumpenproletariat the lowest section of the proletariat ; see lumpenproletariat .
Having lumps or a lumpy appearance: “glancing with reluctant distaste at the shrouded, lumpen shape on the floor” ( P.D. James )
Origin of lumpenlump 1 -en 2