\ˈləm-pē \
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 \ adverb
lumpiness \ˈləm-pē-nəs \ 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

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For 13 miles of Sunday’s stage, the pack of more than 170 cyclists will shake, rumble and chatter their way across the lumpy cobbles of northern France between Arras and Roubaix. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Biggest Booby-Trap at the Tour de France: Cobblestone Roads," 13 July 2018 Mist and vegetation give way to a forest of bare, lumpy trees that suggest the curves of female bodies. Sharon Mizota,, "Review: At the Korean DMZ, reunification through one artist's strange lens," 7 July 2018 Unlike a uniform steak, a butterflied leg of lamb is a lumpy, ungainly thing. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Lamb, Under Fire, and at Its Best," 6 July 2018 More than an issue of vanity, the biggest problem with the lumpy growths is the pain., "The First Episode Of Dr. Pimple Popper Is A Popaholic's Dream Come True," 12 July 2018 The duo will measure those shifts by beaming microwaves back and forth, ultimately creating a map of Earth's lumpy, inconsistent gravity field. Amy Thompson, WIRED, "Watch SpaceX Launch NASA's Next Earth-Observing Satellites," 22 May 2018 The old ones were installed in the mid-1990s and had become lumpy, Kimmel officials said. Peter Dobrin,, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018 If you over cook, the mixture will become lumpy and not rest together in the pan.) 2., "A gluten-free recipe for big fans of ... gluten," 12 July 2018 Nicklaus looked lumpy and came across as equal parts cocky and grumpy. Dale Robertson Staff Writer, San Antonio Express-News, "A dose of perspective on Patrick Reed’s style of play and persona," 11 June 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 \
lumpier; lumpiest

Kids Definition of lumpy

: having or full of lumps a lumpy mattress

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