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 for lumber

Synonyms: Noun

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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 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 The ability to restore balance in the market ultimately lies with the suppliers of these materials—steel mills, plastics producers, and especially lumber producers. Camille Squires, Quartz, 25 Jan. 2022 Investors are betting the inflationary streak that has sent prices of everything from used cars to lumber soaring will fade in the coming years, a reassuring sign for markets struggling to find direction. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And there's also a supply issue right now, with lumber and all the kind of supplies, ratching up high in price right now. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 Europeans colonized the area in the mid-1800s and began clear-cutting trees to supply nearby towns and the Comstock Lode mines with lumber. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Police were called to a Menards store on Wednesday after the suspect, identified as Luke Alvin Oeltjenbruns, allegedly attacked an employee with lumber amid a mask dispute, the Hutchinson Police Department said in a statement. Hayley Vaughn, NBC News, 16 Apr. 2021 Police had responded to the Menards store after a report of a man assaulting an employee with lumber in a dispute over wearing a mask, according to a Hutchinson Police statement. Stella Chan, CNN, 15 Apr. 2021 And don’t even consider any prefab shed that has a floor frame made with untreated construction-grade lumber. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 18 Mar. 2021 Bolton says that engineered flooring and walls developed for high-end hotels and residences are just as attractive and more functional than single pieces of lumber. Gemma Harris, Robb Report, 30 May 2022 That could bring some relief to high construction costs, said Ratiu, who noted that the price of lumber has been declining. Anna Bahney, CNN, 24 May 2022 For starters, the cost of lumber has skyrocketed in the United States, which could put some developers off these kinds of designs until prices moderate. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 10 May 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 29 Jun. 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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