lumbering

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

lumbering (countable and uncountable, plural lumberings)

  1. The act of one who lumbers; heavy, clumsy movement.
    • 1887, Hall Caine, The Deemster
      Only the old harbor-master was there, singing out, as by duty bound, his lusty oaths at their lumberings.
  2. (US) The business of felling trees for lumber.

Adjective[edit]

lumbering (comparative more lumbering, superlative most lumbering)

  1. Clumsy or awkward.
  2. Heavy, slow and laborious; ponderous.
    • 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55: 
      The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.