Lump meaning

lŭmp
The definition of a lump is a mass of stuff with no definite shape, a swelling underneath the skin or to a person who is dull-witted.

A pile of clay that is piled or stuck together with no definitive form is an example of a lump of clay.

When a tumor under the skin causes an area of your skin to swell, this is an example of a lump.

An unintelligent person is an example of a lump.

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To lump is defined as to group things together, even if they don't necessarily all belong together.

When you meet one person and decide his whole family is just like him, this is an example of a situation where you lump the family together.

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To move with heavy clumsiness.
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To move heavily and laboriously.
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An irregularly shaped mass or piece.
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A small cube of sugar.
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(medicine) A swelling or small palpable mass.
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A collection or totality; an aggregate.
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A person regarded as ungainly or dull-witted.
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Formed into lumps.

Lump sugar.

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Not broken or divided into parts.

A lump payment.

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To put together in a single group without discrimination.
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To make into lumps.
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To become lumpy.
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To move heavily.
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To tolerate (what must be endured).

Like it or lump it.

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A solid mass of no special shape, esp. one small enough to be taken up in the hand; hunk.
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A swelling or protuberance, as one caused by a blow or formed by a tumor or cyst.
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A dull, clodlike person.
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(informal) Hard blows, punishment, criticism, or the like.
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Forming or formed into a lump or lumps.

Lump sugar.

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To put together in a lump or lumps.
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To treat or deal with in a mass, or include in one group.
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To make lumps in.
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To become lumpy.
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(informal) (like it or) Lump it, to (willingly or) unwillingly have to put up with something disagreeable.
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An irregularly shaped mass or piece.
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(medicine) A swelling or small palpable mass.
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Something that protrudes, sticks out, or sticks together; a cluster or blob; a mound, hill, or group.

Stir the gravy until there are no more lumps.

A lump of coal; a lump of clay; a lump of cheese.

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A group, set, or unit.

The money arrived all at once as one big lump sum payment.

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A small, shaped mass of sugar, typically about a teaspoonful.

Do you want one lump or two with your coffee?

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A dull or lazy person.

Don't just sit there like a lump.

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(informal, as plural) A beating or verbal abuse.

He's taken his lumps over the years.

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A projection beneath the breech end of a gun barrel.
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To treat as a single unit; to group together.

People tend to lump turtles and tortoises together, when in fact they are different creatures.

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lump in (one's) throat
  • A feeling of constriction in the throat caused by emotion.
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in the lump
  • in the mass or aggregate; all together
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lump in one's throat
  • a tight feeling in the throat, as from restrained emotion
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Origin of lump

  • Middle English lumpe of Low German origin obsolete Dutch lompe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from dialectal lump to look sullen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English lumpe. Confer German Lumpen (“rag”) and Lump (“ragamuffin”)

    From Wiktionary