verb (1)
lum·​ber | \ ˈləm-bər How to pronounce lumber (audio) \
lumbered; lumbering\ ˈləm-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce lumber (audio) \

Definition of lumber

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to move ponderously an elephant lumbering along the road The economy continues to lumber along.
2 : rumble lumbering machines



Definition of lumber (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : surplus or disused articles (such as furniture) that are stored away
2a : timber or logs especially when dressed for use
b : any of various structural materials prepared in a form similar to lumber


verb (2)
lumbered; lumbering\ ˈləm-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce lumber (audio) \

Definition of lumber (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to clutter with or as if with lumber : encumber plan to lumber the tiny town with a giant ski resort— Marilyn Stasio
2 : to heap together in disorder
3 : to log and saw the timber of

intransitive verb

1 : to cut logs for lumber
2 : to saw logs into lumber for the market

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lumber adjective

Verb (2)

lumberer \ ˈləm-​bər-​ər How to pronounce lumber (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for lumber

Synonyms: Verb (1)

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb (1)

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Examples of lumber in a Sentence

Noun He works for a lumber company. had a clearout of all his old lumber and finally got rid of it
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Starting tonight, more unsettled conditions will lumber into the region in the form of a few slow-moving frontal systems. Greg Porter, Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2022 Closer to the front, chunky Ukrainian military trucks lumber along the back roads, along with tractors and combines bringing in the harvest. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Unlike football, rugby has no huddles, no platooning of special players, no time wasted watching huge linemen lumber to the line of scrimmage as a 40-second play clock winds down. Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2022 As with a host of products -- from computer chips to lumber -- the pandemic has snarled the supply chain for baby formula. Max Zahn, ABC News, 24 May 2022 Nowhere is that more important than in the Salang Pass, where, at over two miles high, thousands of trucks lumber through the jagged mountains every day. New York Times, 3 Apr. 2022 Within seconds, the rhino got up, turned around, and began to lumber toward our vehicle. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, 27 Feb. 2022 These glowing objects can be hit with Aloy's arrows to send rocks and lumber onto the battlefield... ... Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 14 Feb. 2022 But worrying signs have started to appear that these dynamics are not limited to lumber. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 2 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Historically, lumber has been a huge source of industry in Humboldt County. Hannah Kingsley-ma, The New Republic, 7 Sep. 2022 Lush forests to provide the lumber to construct balangay boats, the principal form of transportation among islanders? Tim Carman, Washington Post, 11 July 2022 Softwood lumber has been the focus of a long-standing trade dispute between Canada and the U.S . . . Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 19 Dec. 2021 In that way, lumber could once again be the canary in the coal mine. Fortune, 2 Dec. 2021 After the Christmas celebrations conclude and the tree has served its aesthetic role, it will be mulched for use in New York City parks, and the lumber will be returned to Cecil County for use by the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Callan Tansill-suddath,, 11 Nov. 2021 Trees have long been a thorny subject at Government Plaza since Stimpson, a lumber company executive, was elected mayor in 2013. al, 24 Aug. 2022 The train, which was carrying 142 people, struck the trailer, which was transporting lumber. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 The standard gauge railroad was built in 1901 by the West Virginia Pulp & Paper Co., reaching Bald Knob to haul lumber to the mill located in Cass. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 18 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of lumber

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1642, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for lumber

Verb (1)

Middle English lomeren


perhaps from Lombard; from the use of pawnshops as storehouses of disused property

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“Lumber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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lum·​ber | \ ˈləm-bər How to pronounce lumber (audio) \
lumbered; lumbering

Kids Definition of lumber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move in a slow or awkward way An elephant lumbered along the road.



Kids Definition of lumber (Entry 2 of 2)

: timber especially when sawed into boards

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