heap

1 of 2

noun

1
: a collection of things thrown one on another : pile
2
: a great number or large quantity : lot

heap

2 of 2

verb

heaped; heaping; heaps

transitive verb

1
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
2
: to accord or bestow lavishly or in large quantities
heaped honors upon them

Examples of heap in a Sentence

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Since then, she’s been seen in a heap of Japanese cosplay wigs, sharp asymmetrical cuts, and serpentine body waves. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 29 May 2024 She is given a heap of medical equipment sealed into plastic bags (syringes, tubing, a phosphorescent green liquid, a gooey white injectable food product), and she’s told about the protocol regarding her new self — which, the program warns, will also be her old self. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 19 May 2024
Verb
Trending Videos When planning a trip to Rome, first-time visitors usually want to check the Colosseum and the Vatican off their lists, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, and indulge in heaping plates of pasta, pizza, and gelato. Laura Itzkowitz, Travel + Leisure, 28 May 2024 The cuts are hitting at a time of sluggish demand for the broader EV industry, which is heaping pressure on a workforce already coming to grips with changes in the company’s culture, according to a former sales employee. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for heap 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

heap

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

heap

2 of 2 verb
1
: to throw or lay in a heap : amass, pile
heap up leaves
2
: to toss or give in large quantities
heaped scorn on our efforts
3
: to form a heap on : load heavily
heaped the plate with food

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