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heap

[heep]
noun
1.
a group of things placed, thrown, or lying one on another; pile: a heap of stones.
2.
Informal. a great quantity or number; multitude: a heap of people.
3.
Slang. an automobile, especially a dilapidated one.
verb (used with object)
4.
to gather, put, or cast in a heap; pile (often followed by up, on, together, etc.).
5.
to accumulate or amass (often followed by up or together ): to heap up riches.
6.
to give, assign, or bestow in great quantity; load (often followed by on or upon ): to heap blessings upon someone; to heap someone with work.
7.
to load, supply, or fill abundantly: to heap a plate with food.
verb (used without object)
8.
to become heaped or piled, as sand or snow; rise in a heap or heaps (often followed by up ).
Idioms
9.
all of a heap, Informal.
a.
overwhelmed with astonishment; amazed: We were struck all of a heap upon hearing of their divorce.
b.
suddenly; abruptly: All of a heap the room was empty.

Origin:
before 900; 1925–30 for def 3; Middle English heep, Old English hēap; cognate with Dutch hoop, Old High German houf; akin to German Haufe

heaper, noun
heapy, adjective
overheap, verb (used with object)
unheaped, adjective


1. mass, stack; accumulation, collection.
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heap (hiːp)
 
n (usually foll by of)
1.  a collection of articles or mass of material gathered together in one place
2.  informal a large number or quantity
3.  slang (Austral) give them heaps to contend strenuously with an opposing sporting team
4.  slang (NZ) give it heaps to try very hard
5.  informal a place or thing that is very old, untidy, unreliable, etc: the car was a heap
 
adv
6.  heaps (intensifier): he said he was feeling heaps better
 
vb (often foll by up or together)
7.  to collect or be collected into or as if into a heap or pile: to heap up wealth
8.  (tr; often foll by with, on, or upon) to load or supply (with) abundantly: to heap with riches
 
[Old English héap; related to Old Frisian hāp, Old Saxon hōp, Old High German houf]
 
'heaper
 
n

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Word Origin & History

heap
O.E. heap "pile, great number, multitude," from W.Gmc. *khaupaz (cf. O.S. hop, M.L.G. hupe, Du. hoop, Ger. Haufe "heap"), probably related to O.E. heah "high." The verb is from O.E. heapian. Slang meaning "old car" is attested from 1924.
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Slang Dictionary

heap definition


  1. n.
    an old car. (See also load.) : I've got to get my heap fixed up.
  2. n.
    any dilapidated thing or person. : We have to fix up this heap if we're really going to live in it.
  3. n.
    and heaps. lots (of something). : Mr. Wilson has heaps of money.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Bible Dictionary

Heap definition


When Joshua took the city of Ai (Josh. 8), he burned it and "made it an heap [Heb. tel] for ever" (8:28). The ruins of this city were for a long time sought for in vain. It has been at length, however, identified with the mound which simply bears the name of "Tel." "There are many Tels in modern Palestine, that land of Tels, each Tel with some other name attached to it to mark the former site. But the site of Ai has no other name 'unto this day.' It is simply et-Tel, 'the heap' par excellence."

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