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heap

noun \ ˈhēp \

Definition of heap

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

Examples of heap in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of heap

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

heap Synonyms

Synonyms
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
Antonyms
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
Related Words
epidemic, plague, rash; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, plethora, redundancy, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; deluge, flood, overflow; army, bevy, cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mob, multitude, press, score, sea, swarm, throng; gazillion, jillion, kazillion, million, thousands, trillion, zillion
Near Antonyms
atom, crumb, dot, fleck, flyspeck, fragment, grain, granule, iota, jot, modicum, molecule, mote, nubbin, particle, ray, scintilla, scrap, shred, tittle, whit; smatter, smattering; dash, drop, morsel, shot; piece, portion, section; absence, dearth, famine, lack, paucity, poverty, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, want; deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency, meagerness, scantiness, scantness, skimpiness

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heap

verb

Definition of heap

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

  1. the critics heaped scorn on the wannabe blockbuster and its implausible plot

  2. heaped the stones in a corner of the yard

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First Known Use of heap

before 12th century

heap Synonyms

Synonyms
rain, lavish, pour, shower
Antonyms
unpile
Related Words
gush, stream; flood, inundate, overflow, overwhelm, swamp; bombard, hail
Near Antonyms
hold back, keep, reserve, retain, withhold


HEAP Defined for English Language Learners

heap

noun

Definition of heap for English Language Learners

  • : a large, disordered pile of things

  • : a great number or large amount of something

  • : an old car that is in poor condition


heap

verb

Definition of heap for English Language Learners

  • : 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


HEAP Defined for Kids

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heap

noun \ ˈhēp \

Definition of heap for Students

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

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heap

verb

Definition of heap for Students

heaped; heaping
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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