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Etymology 1[edit]

lump +‎ -er


lumper (plural lumpers)

  1. An extra laborer hired to assist in the loading or unloading of a truck or a ship.
    • 1896 November – 1897 May, Rudyard Kipling, Captains Courageous, Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Company, published 1897, →OCLC:
      There were owners of lines of schooners, large contributors to the societies, and small men, their few craft pawned to the mastheads, with bankers and marine-insurance agents, captains of tugs and water-boats, riggers, fitters, lumpers, salters, boat-builders, and coopers, and all the mixed population of the water-front.
  2. (biology, linguistics) A scientist in one of various fields who prefers to keep categories such as species or dialects together in larger groups.
    Antonym: splitter
  3. (dialect) A militiaman.

Etymology 2[edit]


lumper (plural lumpers)

  1. (dialect) A lamprey.

Etymology 3[edit]


lumper (third-person singular simple present lumpers, present participle lumpering, simple past and past participle lumpered)

  1. to lumber; to plod