lumpier; lumpiest
: filled or covered with lumps
: characterized by choppy waves
: having a heavy clumsy appearance
: uneven and often crude in style
lumpily adverb
lumpiness noun

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 stool might be hard, dry, or lumpy and hard to pass. Karen Pallarito, Health, 12 May 2024 This slim belt is so compact that it can be worn underneath your shirt or tucked into the waistband of your leggings without making your outfit lumpy or causing discomfort. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 8 May 2024 Even as The Spiderwick Chronicles‘ head drifts into the clouds, powered by fantasies of faeries and ogres and witches and dragons, the Roku Channel adventure is undone by the most mundane of missteps: repetitive plotting, lumpy pacing, underdeveloped characters making inexplicable decisions. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Apr. 2024 Yet the movie, aesthetically as lumpy as a latke, nonetheless has a weird and lurid vigor that comes from an altogether different source: Allen’s pleasure in his own imagination—his delight in inventing the plot. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 3 Apr. 2024 It is more commonly known as mustard hill coral, due to its yellow color and lumpy shape. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 14 Mar. 2024 Stitched together, the two halves make for a lumpy, if occasionally gripping, whole. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Dec. 2023 Far from being uniform and smooth like milk, molecular clouds are lumpy, more like chicken noodle soup. Nia Imara, Scientific American, 20 Feb. 2024 How it’s held up: Over time, the cushions remained firm and didn’t become lumpy or misshapen — and there was no wear, tear, or fading during use. Alida Nugent, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'lumpy.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of lumpy was circa 1706

Dictionary Entries Near lumpy

Cite this Entry

“Lumpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


lumpier; lumpiest
: having or full of lumps
lumpiness noun

More from Merriam-Webster on lumpy

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!