noun \ˈhēp\

: a large, disordered pile of things

: a great number or large amount of something

: an old car that is in poor condition

Full Definition of HEAP

:  a collection of things thrown one on another :  pile
:  a great number or large quantity :  lot

Examples of HEAP

  1. He dumped the grass clippings into the compost heap.
  2. a heap of old newspapers
  3. She left her dirty clothes in a heap on the floor.
  4. He's in a heap of trouble!
  5. I can't believe he's still driving that old heap.

Origin of HEAP

Middle English heep, from Old English hēap; akin to Old High German houf heap
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to HEAP

abundance, barrel, basketful, boatload, bucket, bunch, bundle, bushel, carload, chunk, deal, dozen, fistful, gobs, good deal, lot, hundred, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, mass, mess, mountain, much, multiplicity, myriad, oodles, pack, passel, peck, pile, plateful, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, pot, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, sheaf, shipload, sight, slew, spate, stack, store, ton, truckload, volume, wad, wealth, yard
ace, bit, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, handful, hint, lick, little, mite, mouthful, nip, ounce, peanuts, pinch, pittance, scruple, shade, shadow, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), speck, spot, sprinkle, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, taste, touch, trace



: to put (something) in a large pile

: to put a pile or heap on or in (something)

: to give (something, such as praise, blame, etc.) in large amounts

Full Definition of HEAP

transitive verb
a :  to throw or lay in a heap :  pile or collect in great quantity <his sole object was to heap up riches>
b :  to form or round into a heap <heaped the dirt into a mound>
c :  to form a heap on :  load heavily <heap the plates with food>
:  to accord or bestow lavishly or in large quantities <heaped honors upon them>

Examples of HEAP

  1. <the critics heaped scorn on the wannabe blockbuster and its implausible plot>
  2. <heaped the stones in a corner of the yard>

First Known Use of HEAP

before 12th century

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