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1 a large piece of something without definite shape; "a hunk of bread"; "a lump of coal" [syn: hunk]
2 a compact mass; "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder" [syn: ball, clod, glob, clump, chunk]
3 abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement [syn: swelling, puffiness]
4 an awkward stupid person [syn: lout, clod, stumblebum, goon, oaf, lubber, lummox, gawk]


1 put together indiscriminately; "lump together all the applicants" [syn: chunk]
2 group or chunk together in a certain order or place side by side [syn: collocate, chunk]

User Contributed Dictionary



Confer German Lumpen ("rag") and Lump ("ragamuffin").



  1. Something that protrudes, sticks out, or sticks together; a cluster or blob; a mound, hill, or group.
    Stir the gravy until there are no more lumps.
  2. A group, set, or unit.
    The money arrived all at once as one big lump sum payment.

Derived terms



  1. To treat as a single unit; to group together.
    People tend to lump turtles and tortoises together, when in fact they are different creatures.

Extensive Definition

Lump may refer to:
lump in German: Lump

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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