from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An irregularly shaped mass or piece.
- n. A small cube of sugar.
- n. Pathology A swelling or small palpable mass.
- n. A collection or totality; an aggregate.
- n. A person regarded as ungainly or dull-witted.
- n. Informal Severe punishment or treatment, as a beating or an unsparing criticism: take one's lumps.
- n. Informal One's just deserts; comeuppance: get one's lumps.
- adj. Formed into lumps: lump sugar.
- adj. Not broken or divided into parts: a lump payment.
- transitive v. To put together in a single group without discrimination.
- transitive v. To move with heavy clumsiness.
- transitive v. To make into lumps.
- intransitive v. To become lumpy.
- intransitive v. To move heavily.
- idiom lump in (one's) throat A feeling of constriction in the throat caused by emotion.
- transitive v. Informal To tolerate (what must be endured): like it or lump it.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something that protrudes, sticks out, or sticks together; a cluster or blob; a mound, hill, or group.
- n. A group, set, or unit.
- n. A small, shaped mass of sugar, typically about a teaspoonful.
- n. A dull or lazy person.
- n. A beating or verbal abuse.
- v. To treat as a single unit; to group together.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small mass of matter of irregular shape; an irregular or shapeless mass
- n. A mass or aggregation of things.
- n. A projection beneath the breech end of a gun barrel.
- intransitive v. To throw into a mass; to unite in a body or sum without distinction of particulars.
- intransitive v. To take in the gross; to speak of collectively.
- intransitive v. To get along with as one can, although displeased.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small mass; a relatively small aggregation or conglomeration of solid matter without regular form: as, a lump of ore, clay, or dough; to melt a number of coins into one lump.
- n. A protuberant part; a knob, bunch, or swelling: as, a lump raised on the head by a blow.
- n. A blow.
- n. A dull, stolid person.
- n. In firearms
- n. The nipple-seat on the barrel.
- n. In a break-joint breech-loader, an iron block on the barrel which descends into a recess in the action.
- n. A bloom or loupe of malleable iron.
- To make into a mass; combine in a body or gross sum without distinction of particulars.
- To take in the lump, or collectively in the gross; consider or dispose of in the gross.
- To beat severely.
- To act as a lumper; be employed in loading or unloading ships, as a stevedore.
- n. The lump-fish.
- To look sullen or glum; sulk.
- To take without choice; take “anyhow”: a word in itself of no definite signification, used in the expression “if you don't like it, you may lump it.”
- n. In mining, a coarse fragment of ore, coal, phosphate rock, or any useful mineral, as contrasted with the fines, spalls, or otherwise designated smaller pieces.
- Noting the coarser grade of bituminous coal which is picked out as it comes from the mine.
- To appear larger by aggregation; bulk: as, he lumped large in public imagination.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. group or chunk together in a certain order or place side by side
- n. an awkward stupid person
- n. a large piece of something without definite shape
- n. an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement
- v. put together indiscriminately
- n. a compact mass
Middle English lumpe, of Low German origin; akin to obsolete Dutch lompe.
Perhaps from dialectal lump, to look sullen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English lumpe. Confer German Lumpen ("rag") and Lump ("ragamuffin") (Wiktionary)