\ 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

Other Words from lumpy

lumpily \ ˈləm-​pə-​lē How to pronounce lumpy (audio) \ adverb
lumpiness \ ˈləm-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce lumpy (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 For some reason the COs never seem to comment on the curiously lumpy figures that emerge in time for cell inspection. Keri Blakinger, Rolling Stone, 5 June 2022 On climbs ranging from steep, loose fire roads to scrabbles up lumpy or ledgy sandstone, the SB115 sticks to surfaces, providing a welcome assist on technical uphills. Outside Online, 1 July 2020 The formula resembles a shower gel and has a lumpy texture. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 However, with the moon etched against the Sun, the video reveals the lumpy nature of Phobos' terrain, complete with ridges and small hills. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 The animals are elegant yet jagged and lumpy, with bits of protruding steel that reveal the original shapes of the castoff pieces Frank incorporated. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 The researchers still think that cryovolcanism is a good explanation since a viscous liquid or partially molten solid could spread slowly and form this sort of lumpy terrain. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 4 Apr. 2022 While this model is less comfortable to lie in than a fabric hammock or one that includes a pad, the hammock's crisscrossing design does eliminate the need for lumpy knots across the hammock bed to eliminate pressure points. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Apr. 2022 Like Jiffy Pop, my hair exploded out, becoming a solid lumpy curtain of a billion long, fuzzy threads swallowing my face. Michaela Angela Davis, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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25 Jun 2022

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“Lumpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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\ 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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