lump

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noun

1
: a piece or mass of indefinite size and shape
a lump of coal
a lump of clay
2
a
: aggregate, totality
taken in the lump
b
: majority
few candidates ever started with such a lump who did not get the nominationR. L. Strout
3
: protuberance
especially : an abnormal swelling
came to with nothing more than a lump on his head
4
: a person who is heavy and awkward
a lump of a man
also : one who is stupid or dull
5
lumps plural
a
: beatings, bruises
had taken a lot of lumps growing up in the city
b
: defeat, loss
can cheerfully take his lumps on losers, because the payout is big on the winnersMartin Mayer

lump

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verb (1)

lumped; lumping; lumps

transitive verb

1
: to group indiscriminately
2
: to make into lumps
also : to make lumps on or in
3
: to move noisily and clumsily

intransitive verb

1
: to become formed into lumps
2
: to move oneself noisily and clumsily

lump

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adjective

: not divided into parts : entire
a lump sum

lump

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verb (2)

lumped; lumping; lumps

transitive verb

: to put up with
like it or lump it
Phrases
lump in one's throat
: a constriction of the throat caused by emotion

Examples of lump in a Sentence

Noun turning a lump of clay into a beautiful pot He got a lump on his head after bumping into the doorway. Verb (1) when we lumped all of our pocket change together, we found that we had just enough a buy a carton of ice cream while I was on crutches, I was lumping about the house like an elephant
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
For some people, the boils and lumps on the skin can feel embarrassing or affect emotional health. Suchandrima Bhowmik, Health, 12 July 2024 Joy was diagnosed with cancer after Abby found a lump on the pet's tail and brought her to the vet. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 12 July 2024
Verb
Their numbers and relative health would be more carefully tracked, and researchers could raise the red flag if there were a sudden die-off of the species that might not be noticeable when they are lumped in with the other common dolphins. Erika I. Ritchie, Orange County Register, 11 July 2024 All of the methods Aschenbrenner lumps under that rubric are just kludges that aren’t robust, reliable, or efficient. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune, 2 July 2024
Adjective
Choose from two of the following: Premium choice chateaubriand cut filet mignon, lump crab cakes, and Chilean sea bass cakes, whipped potatoes with rosemary, asparagus with red peppers and sea salt butter, and eight chocolate dipped strawberries. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 6 May 2024 The Malaysian government has offered monthly assistance to the unemployed and lump payments to workers in certain sectors. Matt Apuzzo, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2020 See all Example Sentences for lump 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun, Verb (1), and Adjective

Middle English

Verb (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1624, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lump was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lump. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

lump

1 of 3 noun
1
: a small uneven mass
2
: a collection or sum of units or parts : total
taken in the lump
3
: an abnormal swelling or growth

lump

2 of 3 adjective
: not divided into parts : whole
a lump sum

lump

3 of 3 verb
1
: to group together
2
: to move noisily and clumsily
3
: to form into a lump

Medical Definition

lump

noun
1
: a piece or mass of indefinite size and shape
2
: an abnormal mass or swelling
presenting as a neck lump

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