\ 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 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 Old, lumpy pillows that give you a crick in your neck won't do you any favors when trying to fall asleep. Lauren Corona,, "How to fall asleep fast," 29 Mar. 2021 Phobos and Deimos—irregularly shaped, more like lumpy balls of cookie dough than marbles—are thought to resemble asteroids, the same kinds that scientists believe sprinkle dust through the solar system. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "An Eerie Glow in the Sky Comes From Mars’s Direction," 24 Mar. 2021 There were some lumpy spots, and his cringey joke about sharing a bed with Cardi B felt like an attitudinal relic of the 1980s, but on the whole, Noah made something that could have felt like several competing shows feel like one. New York Times, "The Best and Worst of the 2021 Grammy Awards," 15 Mar. 2021 Native to Kentucky and much of the southeastern quadrant of the US, this small to medium-sized understory tree is best known for its lumpy green fruit with tasty flesh that falls somewhere between the flavor of bananas, mangoes and passionfruit. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Stop and smell the rotting meat flowers; it's pollination season in Kentucky," 5 Mar. 2021 Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients just until combined (mixture should be lumpy). Kate Merker, Country Living, "Ricotta Pancakes," 1 Mar. 2021 But crocus are, in fact, corms, and winter aconite and Grecian windflower grow from hard, lumpy tubers. Marty Ross, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 Miniature Flowering Bulbs That Add a Splash of Welcome Color in Early Spring," 20 Feb. 2021 The comforter was also very lumpy compared to others. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "The best down comforters of 2021," 18 Feb. 2021 In a large bowl, whisk together the corn muffin mix, milk and eggs — the batter will be slightly lumpy. Washington Post, "I made Kamala Harris’s cornbread dressing — and filled in all the details so you can make it, too," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of lumpy

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Lumpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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