\ 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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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 The lumpy nature of capital gains pushes taxpayers into a much higher rate. WSJ, "What’s the Best Way to Treat Capital Gains?," 2 May 2021 Ditching your lumpy sectional in favor of this pretty velvet sofa will give your living room an instant facelift. Ariel Scotti, Forbes, "Wayfair’s Biggest Sale Of The Year Is Officially Here," 28 Apr. 2021 Ditching your lumpy sectional in favor of this pretty velvet sofa will give your living room an instant facelift. Ariel Scotti, Forbes, "Here’s Everything To Know About The Huge Wayfair Sale Happening Next Week," 20 Apr. 2021 To make cement, limestone and other clay-like materials are heated in a massive kiln and turned into a lumpy substance known as clinker. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "X-Prize Winners Use CO2 Emissions to Make Concrete," 19 Apr. 2021 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

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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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8 May 2021

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“Lumpy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 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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