\ ˈhēp How to pronounce heap (audio) \

Definition of heap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


heaped; heaping; heaps

Definition of heap (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Russian rockets had dispersed bomblets around the fields and their empty cases were lying in a heap in a farm scrap yard. Matt Bradley, NBC News, 10 May 2022 And then, on account of that environment, if the aforementioned wonderful life is lived, or mostly lived, if redemption is found, a few rather minor subsequent missteps can bring all of the good down in a heap. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 May 2022 The video quickly garnered millions of views, along with a heap of ecstatic comments hailing the channel’s return. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Contrary to popular opinion, Cincinnati’s dining scene is not strictly composed of spaghetti drowned in a soupy brown sauce the locals insist is chili, topped overzealously with a heap of shredded cheddar cheese. Sean M. Peters, chicagotribune.com, 8 Feb. 2022 Along with a heap of good luck, miraculous victories also require head-scratching decisions by the opposing team. Shane Young, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 The pandemic, along with a heap of other personal and professional circumstances, landed me in a phase of existential revelations and a commitment to realign my life to better nurture my authentic self. Joel Wigelsworth, Bon Appétit, 25 Oct. 2021 This wasn’t Victor Oladipo going down in a heap after a dunk, as was the case with last season Heat cameo. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 The ricochet bounced up in the air and hung tantalizingly for a moment before the ball and Straw landed in a heap on the warning track. Joe Noga, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The revelation -- first reported by Sky News -- will heap pressure on Sunak and add to the perception his family isn’t committed to living in Britain for the long-term. Joe Mayes, Bloomberg.com, 8 Apr. 2022 Boston, not one to heap praise on herself, smiled and gently shook her head at the ruckus. oregonlive, 4 Apr. 2022 Coach Niko Medved, 1-5 against SDSU in his three seasons at CSU, tried to downplay the importance of Friday night, not wanting to heap any more pressure on his beleaguered team. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2022 And Biden acknowledged on Tuesday there is more pain to come, telling reporters his executive order banning imports of Russian energy signed Tuesday will heap more pain on gasoline prices ahead of spring break and summer vacation. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 9 Mar. 2022 Now, Taylor, 38, has an opportunity to heap more Super Bowl disappointment on his former team while launching himself past McVay in the unofficial rankings of the NFL’s best young head coaches. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2022 The Oscar nominee has nothing but praise to heap upon Shadow and Bone and Westworld star Barnes, 40. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, 11 Jan. 2022 But local business owners heap almost universal praise on Italy’s virus-fighting approach, including the green pass. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2021 Roman then continues to heap on the torment, admitting to spying on his niece and nephew (something Shiv didn’t know about) and suggesting that the only problem people have with him is his success. Kevin Sullivan, Robb Report, 29 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of heap


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


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

History and Etymology for heap


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

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“Heap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heap. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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\ ˈhēp How to pronounce heap (audio) \

Kids Definition of heap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a large messy pile His dirty clothes were in a heap.
2 : a large number or amount We had heaps of fun.


heaped; heaping

Kids Definition of heap (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make into a pile : throw or lay in a heap
2 : to provide in large amounts Praise was heaped on the cook.
3 : to fill to capacity He heaped a plate with food.

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