\ ˈləm-pē How to pronounce lumpy (audio) \
lumpier; lumpiest

Definition of lumpy

1a : filled or covered with lumps
b : characterized by choppy waves
2 : having a heavy clumsy appearance
3 : uneven and often crude in style

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Other Words from lumpy

lumpily \ ˈləm-​pə-​lē How to pronounce lumpily (audio) \ adverb
lumpiness \ ˈləm-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce lumpiness (audio) \ noun

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Examples of lumpy in a Sentence

the lumpy mashed potatoes were cold as well before painting, we had to sand the lumpy surface to make it smooth
Recent Examples on the Web The comfort of your mattress is key to a good night's sleep, but upgrading from a lumpy bed can get pricey. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "7 Top-Rated Mattress Toppers, According to Textile Pros," 19 Dec. 2018 Your sky-high stress levels may be to blame for all the tossing and turning, but that lumpy pillow sure isn't helping the cause. NBC News, "13 sleep aids and bedroom products for better rest," 8 June 2017 Heedless and oblivious, the lumpy caterpillar consumes everything without regard to anything — not even its own health. Washington Post, "New York Public Library’s most checked-out books say a lot about what we read and why," 13 Jan. 2020 There's nothing that derails my ability to get a good night's sleep like a hard, lumpy mattress. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "Casper is running a massive weekend sale on their popular mattresses," 21 Feb. 2020 Weinstein, in a black suit, looked lumpy and radiated persecution. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Opening Statements in the Harvey Weinstein Trial and the Undermining of #MeToo," 23 Jan. 2020 Rather, Live Valve has the greatest appeal for riders who hit a hodgepodge of everything—smooth and lumpy trails, climbs and descents—and who want their bike to excel everywhere. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "Is Fox's Electronic Suspension Worth Thousands?," 31 Dec. 2019 Outfitted with specialized sensors that resemble lumpy metal yarmulkes with antennae, these pinnipeds are collecting data that’s helping researchers track how heat moves through ocean currents. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Seals with High-Tech Hats Are Collecting Climate Data in the Antarctic," 6 Dec. 2019 Her body is vast and soft and lumpy, furrowed at the middle with slumping folds of flesh, roughly corrugated around her hips and thighs. Lori Waxman,, "A Laura Aguilar retrospective gives turns an eye to her beautiful views of people outside the mainstream," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of lumpy

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of lumpy was circa 1706

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28 Mar 2020

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“Lumpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lumpy

: having lumps : full of lumps


\ ˈləm-pē How to pronounce lumpy (audio) \
lumpier; lumpiest

Kids Definition of lumpy

: having or full of lumps a lumpy mattress

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