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[luhm-pee] /ˈlʌm pi/
adjective, lumpier, lumpiest.
full of lumps:
lumpy gravy.
covered with lumps, as a surface.
heavy or clumsy, as in movement or style; crude:
a lumpy gait; a lumpy narrative.
(of water) rough or choppy.
Origin of lumpy
1700-10; lump1 + -y1
Related forms
lumpily, adverb
lumpiness, noun
unlumpy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lumpy
  • My narrow, lumpy bed is industriously changed every day.
  • Never though that it should have become lumpy because of the evolution of galaxies.
  • It is lumpy: you can offload parts of your share portfolio, but you cannot sell off the kitchen.
  • Both industries are constrained by capacity: fishing by quotas and metals by lumpy investments in smelters and power plants.
  • But users may prefer to pay lumpy subscription fees rather than a small charge for every morsel of information they access.
  • The economic geography of the world is lumpy, and talent likes to clump together into centres of innovation.
  • Renewables are less risky, both physically and financially as they are less lumpy than reactors.
  • Likewise, the haddock tart was at once runny and lumpy-thin chowder spilled over a pastry shell.
  • He was lumpy and disheveled, his eyes rheumy, the lids bloated.
  • The universe started off smooth, and then it began to get lumpy.
British Dictionary definitions for lumpy


adjective lumpier, lumpiest
full of or having lumps
(esp of the sea) rough
(of a person) heavy or bulky
Derived Forms
lumpily, adverb
lumpiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lumpy

1707, from lump (n.) + -y (2). Related: Lumpiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lumpy



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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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