\ 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 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 The sequence between the moment Jewell spots the lumpy, half-obscured backpack and the instant the bomb goes off, a blast of smoke and chaos, is artfully tense, unnerving in its specificity. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell Tries to Raise Up the Little Guy. But It Takes Unnecessary Shots in the Process," 10 Dec. 2019 Step 2 In a large bowl, whisk together the corn muffin mix, buttermilk, egg and salt — the batter will be slightly lumpy. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "This stir-together savory cornbread makes the most of the Jiffy mix," 14 Nov. 2019 Itchy, sweaty, lumpy, they contract fungus, develop hammer toes, bunions and corns. Los Angeles Times, "He was seeking custom-made boots. The journey led to a life deeply touched by love and death and leather," 22 Oct. 2019 Right now, some of the most popular mattress brands—from Casper to Nectar—are offering incredible, which is the perfect excuse to finally upgrade from your lumpy old mattress from college. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 8 best Black Friday mattress deals you can get right now," 27 Nov. 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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15 Feb 2020

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“Lumpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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