1 of 2


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


2 of 2


heaped; heaping; heaps

transitive verb

: to throw or lay in a heap : pile or collect in great quantity
his sole object was to heap up riches
: to form or round into a heap
heaped the dirt into a mound
: 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

Example Sentences

Noun He dumped the grass clippings into the compost heap. a heap of old newspapers She left her dirty clothes in a heap on the floor. He's in a heap of trouble! I can't believe he's still driving that old heap. Verb the critics heaped scorn on the wannabe blockbuster and its implausible plot heaped the stones in a corner of the yard See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The pitcher went down in a heap but only lost consciousness for a few moments. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 3 Jan. 2023 Hunt got the much better of the bout, delivering a big right hand that dropped Nosek in a heap … Taylor Hall, who finished 2-1—3 for the night, was a game-high plus-4. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Dec. 2022 Russian military uniforms were crumpled in a heap on the floor of a sleeping area. Marc Santora, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2022 The latter defender collided with a Huskies teammate as Thompson-Robinson scooted past them into the end zone, the unfortunate duo falling in a heap like foiled cartoon villains. Staff Writer Follow, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2022 Johnson led Britain out of the European Union and won a landslide election victory before his government collapsed in a heap of ethics scandals. Jill Lawless, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Aug. 2022 When Bill jumped, the horse was already gone, and Bill landed rather unceremoniously in a heap on the ground. Paul Messinger, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2022 But Gurney’s legacy was built on the track, not in a gravel trap and not in a heap. Dave Kallmann, Journal Sentinel, 16 July 2022 People fought over the chicken lollipops wrapped in bacon, a dish that no matter the size of the heap was somehow never large enough. Sam Dolnick, New York Times, 14 Dec. 2022
The sale of the data may put anonymous Twitter accounts at risk and heap further regulatory scrutiny on the company. WIRED, 7 Jan. 2023 With Lakers coach Darvin Ham the latest to heap praise on Adebayo, the Heat center then went out and closed the first half with 12 points and five rebounds, up to 23 points at the end of the third period. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 5 Jan. 2023 The hugely ambitious transfer is expected to heap unprecedented focus on Saudi soccer ahead of a potential bid to stage the World Cup in 2030, as well as on Al Nassr, which is little known outside of Asia. James Robson, ajc, 3 Jan. 2023 Houston Astros starting pitcher Cristian Javier is just a little over two years removed from his MLB debut, but one of the all-time greats at his position has already seen enough from Javier to heap high praise on him. Josh Criswell, Chron, 2 Nov. 2022 And potential triggers are multiplying as wilder weather from climate change, rising concerns over terrorism and fluctuating power from renewable energy sources heap new challenges on aging grids. Peter Fairley, Discover Magazine, 16 Mar. 2016 Across fields strewn with mines and at power plants under the threat of Russian missiles, workers with the Ukrainian utility company, Ukrenergo, have raced to fix damage caused by attacks intended to heap suffering on the Ukrainian people. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Nov. 2022 That's even as Jewish Republicans continued to heap praise on Trump's commitment to Israel while in the White House. CBS News, 19 Nov. 2022 There's nothing like a roasted veggie side to heap next to your stuffing and mashed potatoes. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 19 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English heep, from Old English hēap; akin to Old High German houf heap

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of heap was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Heap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heap. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a collection of things thrown one on another : pile
a rubbish heap
: a great number or large quantity : lot
heaps of money
a heap of fun


2 of 2 verb
: to throw or lay in a heap : amass, pile
heap up leaves
: to toss or give in large quantities
heaped scorn on our efforts
: to form a heap on : load heavily
heaped the plate with food

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