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

Example Sentences

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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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

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“Lumpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


lumpier; lumpiest
: having or full of lumps
lumpiness noun

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