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1 [luhmp]
a piece or mass of solid matter without regular shape or of no particular shape: a lump of coal.
a protuberance or swelling: a blow that raised a lump on his head.
an aggregation, collection, or mass; clump: All the articles were piled in a great lump.
Also called lump of sugar. a small block of granulated sugar, designed for sweetening hot coffee, tea, etc.: How many lumps do you take in your coffee?
majority; plurality; multitude: The great lump of voters are still undecided.
lumps, Informal. harsh criticism, punishment, or defeat: The new theory came in for some lumps when other scholars heard of it.
Informal. a heavy, clumsy, and usually stupid person.
in the form of a lump or lumps: lump sugar.
made up of a number of items taken together; not separated or considered separately: The debts were paid in one lump sum.
verb (used with object)
to unite into one aggregation, collection, or mass (often followed by together ): We lumped the reds and blues together.
to deal with, handle, consider, etc., in the lump or mass: to lump unrelated matters indiscriminately.
to make into a lump or lumps: to lump dough before shaping it into loaves.
to raise into or cover with lumps: a plow lumping the moist earth.
verb (used without object)
to form or raise a lump or lumps: Stir the gravy so that it doesn't lump.
to move heavily and awkwardly: The big oaf lumped along beside me.
get/take one's lumps, to receive or endure hardship, punishment, criticism, etc.: Without its star pitcher, the baseball team will get its lumps today.

1250–1300; Middle English lumpe, lomp(e); cognate with early Dutch lompe piece, Danish lump(e) lump, dialectal Norwegian lump block

lumpingly, adverb
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lump1 (lʌmp)
1.  a small solid mass without definite shape
2.  pathol any small swelling or tumour
3.  a collection of things; aggregate
4.  informal an awkward, heavy, or stupid person
5.  informal (US) (plural) punishment, defeat, or reverses: he took his lumps
6.  (Brit) the lump
 a.  self-employed workers in the building trade considered collectively, esp with reference to tax and national insurance evasion
 b.  (as modifier): lump labour
7.  (modifier) in the form of a lump or lumps: lump sugar
8.  a lump in one's throat a tight dry feeling in one's throat, usually caused by great emotion
vb (often foll by together) (often foll by along)
9.  to collect into a mass or group
10.  (intr) to grow into lumps or become lumpy
11.  (tr) to consider as a single group, often without justification
12.  (tr) to make or cause lumps in or on
13.  to move or proceed in a heavy manner
[C13: probably related to early Dutch lompe piece, Scandinavian dialect lump block, Middle High German lumpe rag]

lump2 (lʌmp)
informal (tr) to tolerate or put up with; endure (in the phrase lump it)
[C16: origin uncertain]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, lumpe, perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. cognate Dan. lumpe, 16c.), of unknown origin. Phrase lump in (one's) throat "feeling of tightness brought on by emotion" is from 1803. Lumps "hard knocks, a beating" is colloquial, from 1935. Lump sum, one covering a number of items, is from 1867.

"endure" (now usually in contrast to like), 1791, apparently an extended sense from an older meaning "to look sulky, dislike" (1577), of unknown origin, perhaps a symbolic sound (cf. grump, harumph, etc.).
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