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Middle English lumpe. Confer German Lumpen (rag) and Lump (ragamuffin)



lump (plural lumps)

  1. 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.
    a lump of coal; a lump of clay; a lump of cheese
  2. A group, set, or unit.
    The money arrived all at once as one big lump sum payment.
  3. A small, shaped mass of sugar, typically about a teaspoonful.
    Do you want one lump or two with your coffee?
  4. A dull or lazy person.
    Don't just sit there like a lump.
  5. (informal, as plural) A beating or verbal abuse.
    He's taken his lumps over the years.
    • 1994, Robert J. McMahon, The cold war on the periphery: the United States, India, and Pakistan, page 323:
      Komer admitted that the United States would probably suffer "short term lumps" as a result of Johnson's brusque decision.
  6. A projection beneath the breech end of a gun barrel.

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lump (third-person singular simple present lumps, present participle lumping, simple past and past participle lumped)

  1. To treat as a single unit; to group together.
    People tend to lump turtles and tortoises together, when in fact they are different creatures.

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From German Lump.



lump m

  1. (colloquial, derogatory) ne'er-do-well
  2. (Poznań dialect) clothing