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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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  • Night after night, stretched out wearily on his bunk, the sordid picture of lumpy Joe's returned to him.

    The Voice in the Fog Harold MacGrath
  • Most of it is turgid, lumpy, fuzzy in texture, squalid in intellect.

    Pipefuls Christopher Morley
  • These lumpy protoplasmic bodies, usually elongated while creeping, if mechanically jarred, contract into a spherical form.

  • He was telling the Professor about your mix-up with lumpy Bates.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas Frank Gee Patchin
  • The sea was bad, being rough and lumpy, and it required all the old sailor's skill to successfully cross the bay.

    The White Scalper Gustave Aimard
  • "Did you see what that—that——" bellowed lumpy as Tad rode up to him.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas Frank Gee Patchin
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



Badly played (Cool talk)

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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