What does lump mean?

Definitions for lumplʌmp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lump.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ball, clod, glob, lump, clump, chunk(noun)

    a compact mass

    "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder"

  2. swelling, puffiness, lump(noun)

    an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement

  3. lout, clod, stumblebum, goon, oaf, lubber, lummox, lump, gawk(noun)

    an awkward stupid person

  4. hunk, lump(verb)

    a large piece of something without definite shape

    "a hunk of bread"; "a lump of coal"

  5. lump, chunk(verb)

    put together indiscriminately

    "lump together all the applicants"

  6. collocate, lump, chunk(verb)

    group or chunk together in a certain order or place side by side


  1. lump(Noun)

    Something that protrudes, sticks out, or sticks together; a cluster or blob; a mound, hill, or group.

    Stir the gravy until there are no more lumps.

  2. lump(Noun)

    A group, set, or unit.

    The money arrived all at once as one big lump sum payment.

  3. lump(Noun)

    A small, shaped mass of sugar, typically about a teaspoonful.

    Do you want one lump or two with your coffee?

  4. lump(Noun)

    A dull or lazy person.

    Don't just sit there like a lump.

  5. lump(Noun)

    A beating or verbal abuse.

    He's taken his lumps over the years.

  6. lump(Verb)

    To treat as a single unit; to group together.

    People tend to lump turtles and tortoises together, when in fact they are different creatures.

  7. Origin: lumpe. Confer Lumpen and Lump

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lump(noun)

    a small mass of matter of irregular shape; an irregular or shapeless mass; as, a lump of coal; a lump of iron ore

  2. Lump(noun)

    a mass or aggregation of things

  3. Lump(noun)

    a projection beneath the breech end of a gun barrel

  4. Lump(verb)

    to throw into a mass; to unite in a body or sum without distinction of particulars

  5. Lump(verb)

    to take in the gross; to speak of collectively

  6. Lump(verb)

    to get along with as one can, although displeased; as, if he does n't like it, he can lump it

  7. Origin: [Cf. OD. lompe piece, mass. Cf. Lunch.]


  1. Lump

    Lump is a 2000 greatest hits compilation album by The Presidents of the United States of America. The album includes three covers: "Video Killed the Radio Star", originally by The Buggles, "Kick Out the Jams", originally by MC5 and "Cleveland Rocks", originally by Ian Hunter. Unusual for a "Greatest Hits" album, Lump features only ten tracks totalling less than 30 minutes in length. Also, one of the band's biggest hits that also gave them a Grammy Nomination, "Peaches", is missing completely, along with minor hit "Kitty".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lump

    lump, n. a small shapeless mass: a protuberance: swelling: the whole together: the gross.—v.t. to throw into a confused mass: to take in the gross.—ns. Lump′er, a labourer employed in the lading or unlading of ships: (prov.) a militiaman; Lump′fish, a clumsy sea-fish with a short, deep, and thick body and head, and a ridge on its back, also called Lump′sucker, from the power of its sucker.—adjs. Lump′ing, in a lump: heavy: bulky; Lump′ish, like a lump: heavy: gross: dull.—adv. Lump′ishly.—ns. Lump′ishness; Lump′-sug′ar, loaf-sugar in small pieces.—adj. Lump′y, full of lumps.—In the lump, in gross. [Scand., Norw. lump, a block; Dut. lomp.]

Editors Contribution

  1. lump

    An amount of money received or paid in one agreed amount.

    She decided to have her pension in one lump rather than weekly payments and he worked overtime to pay the lump of his mortgage repayments.

Suggested Resources

  1. LUMP

    What does LUMP stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the LUMP acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lump' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2784

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lump' in Nouns Frequency: #2301


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lump in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lump in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Estela Meléndez:

    I have the lump here.

  2. Leigh Hurst:

    It's a free and added way of knowing whether or not a lump is there.

  3. Yolande Bouka:

    Let's not lump them all into an armed militia, imbonerakure is not a unitary actor.

  4. Pablo Picasso:

    Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar.

  5. Bhartrihari:

    A good man may fall, but he falls like a ball [and rebounds]; the ignoble man falls like a lump of clay.

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