\ 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for lumpy


chunky, clumpy, curdy, nubbly, nubby



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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

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Worse, after all of those nights supporting your weary head, traditional pillows start to break down, leaving them lumpy, flat and uncomfortable. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Home More Sustainable," 1 Apr. 2019 Whisk flour, cocoa, and salt in a medium bowl (if cocoa powder is very lumpy, sift mixture). Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Fudgy Brownies," 19 Mar. 2018 Video from the site showed skiers on the slopes above a trail of lumpy snow after the avalanche. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "Avalanche hits skiers at Swiss resort; 4 rescued so far," 19 Feb. 2019 The Haas Brothers created a set of towering, lumpy candles in 2015 that are like Goobers on steroids. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Some people feel a tenderness toward bulbous candles and planters. Why?," 21 Dec. 2018 One of those—Ciena won’t say which—has now joined AT&T and Verizon in accounting for more than 10% of the company’s sales over the past two quarters. Capital spending by those companies can be a bit lumpy. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "No Optical Illusion at Ciena," 13 Dec. 2018 African-Americans and people between the ages of 10 and 20 have a higher risk for keloid scars, lumpy and raised skin patches that are basically excess scar tissue. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "9 Things You Should Know Before Getting Your First Body Piercing," 12 July 2018 The lumpy, grey compression socks call my name like a mermaid’s taunting siren song to a weary sailor. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What It’s Like to Take the Longest Flight in the World," 26 Oct. 2018 That's why Orlin's hypothetical Imperial team physicist keeps insisting the Death Star should be more lumpy, shaped like an asteroid. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The math of why it’s so hard to build a spherical Death Star in space," 18 Sep. 2018

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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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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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