\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

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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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 Affecting up to 90 percent of women (due to estrogen and genetics), cellulite occurs when fat cells swell and push through the tight, fibrous tissue bands (or septa) walling them in, creating a dimpled or lumpy appearance. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Despite your best efforts in the kitchen, something went terribly wrong and the dish is tough, mushy, too salty or lumpy. Mandy Major, Woman's Day, "10 Common Cooking Mistakes—Solved," 11 May 2011 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

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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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