lumber

lumber

1 [luhm-ber]
noun
1.
timber sawed or split into planks, boards, etc.
2.
miscellaneous useless articles that are stored away.
verb (used without object)
3.
to cut timber and prepare it for market.
4.
to become useless or to be stored away as useless.
verb (used with object)
5.
to convert (a specified amount, area, etc.) into lumber: We lumbered more than a million acres last year.
6.
to heap together in disorder.
7.
to fill up or obstruct with miscellaneous useless articles; encumber.

Origin:
1545–55; orig. noun use of lumber2; i.e., useless goods that weigh one down, impede one's movements

lumberer, noun
lumberless, adjective
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lumber

2 [luhm-ber]
verb (used without object)
1.
to move clumsily or heavily, especially from great or ponderous bulk: overloaded wagons lumbering down the dirt road.
2.
to make a rumbling noise.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English lomeren; compare dialectal Swedish lomra to resound, loma to walk heavily

lumberly, adjective


1. trudge, barge, plod.
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lumber1 (ˈlʌmbə)
 
n
1.  chiefly (US), (Canadian)
 a.  logs; sawn timber
 b.  cut timber, esp when sawn and dressed ready for use in joinery, carpentry, etc
 c.  (as modifier): the lumber trade
2.  (Brit)
 a.  useless household articles that are stored away
 b.  (as modifier): lumber room
 
vb
3.  (tr) to pile together in a disorderly manner
4.  (tr) to fill up or encumber with useless household articles
5.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to convert (the trees) of (a forest) into marketable timber
6.  informal (Brit) (tr) to burden with something unpleasant, tedious, etc
7.  (Austral) (tr) to arrest; imprison
 
[C17: perhaps from a noun use of lumber²]
 
'lumberer1
 
n

lumber2 (ˈlʌmbə)
 
vb
1.  to move awkwardly
2.  an obsolete word for rumble
 
[C14 lomeren; perhaps related to lomelame1, Swedish dialect loma to move ponderously]

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lumber
"timber sawn into rough planks," 1660s, Amer.Eng. (Massachusetts), earlier "disused bit of furniture; heavy, useless objects" (1552), probably from lumber (v.), perhaps influenced by Lombard, from the Italian immigrants famous as pawnbrokers and money-lenders in England
(see Lombard). The evolution of sense would be because a lumber-house ("pawn shop") naturally accumulates odds and ends of furniture.

lumber
"to move clumsily," c.1300, lomere, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. dial. Swed. loma "move slowly," O.N. lami "lame"), ultimately cognate with lame (adj.).
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