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[luhm-ber] /ˈlʌm bər/
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
dialectal Swedish
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English lomeren; compare dialectal Swedish lomra to resound, loma to walk heavily
Related forms
lumberly, adjective
Synonyms
1. trudge, barge, plod.
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British Dictionary definitions for lumberly

lumber1

/ˈlʌmbə/
noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian)
  1. logs; sawn timber
  2. cut timber, esp when sawn and dressed ready for use in joinery, carpentry, etc
  3. (as modifier): the lumber trade
2.
(Brit)
  1. useless household articles that are stored away
  2. (as modifier): lumber room
verb
3.
(transitive) to pile together in a disorderly manner
4.
(transitive) to fill up or encumber with useless household articles
5.
(mainly US & Canadian) to convert (the trees) of (a forest) into marketable timber
6.
(transitive) (Brit, informal) to burden with something unpleasant, tedious, etc
7.
(transitive) (Austral) to arrest; imprison
Derived Forms
lumberer, noun
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from a noun use of lumber²

lumber2

/ˈlʌmbə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to move awkwardly
2.
an obsolete word for rumble
Word Origin
C14 lomeren; perhaps related to lomelame1, Swedish dialect loma to move ponderously
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Word Origin and History for lumberly

lumber

n.

"timber sawn into rough planks," 1660s, American English (Massachusetts), earlier "disused bit of furniture; heavy, useless objects" (1550s), probably from lumber (v.), perhaps influenced by Lombard, from the Italian immigrants famous as pawnbrokers and money-lenders in England (see Lombard). Lumbar, Lumbard were old alternative forms of Lombard in English. The evolution of sense then would be because a lumber-house ("pawn shop") naturally accumulates odds and ends of furniture.

Live Lumber; soldiers or passengers on board a ship are so called by the sailors.



LUMBER HOUSE. A house appropriated by thieves for the reception of their stolen property. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]

v.

"to move clumsily," c.1300, lomere, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. dialectal Swedish loma "move slowly, walk heavily," Old Norse lami "lame"), ultimately cognate with lame (adj.). Related: Lumbered; lumbering.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lumberly

lumber

noun

A bat (1940s+ Baseball)

verb

To take advantage of someone; make someone a scapegoat •Chiefly British: He was totally lumbered. It was a terrible travesty (1845+)

[verb sense fr lumber, ''to fill up or obstruct with lumber,'' found by 1642]


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