Adjective "lump" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A compact mass of a substance, especially one without a definite or regular shape.
  1. 'The cloak's clasp was a lump of pewter in the shape of a skull, and his eyes were the coldest blue I'd ever seen.'
  2. 'I started with a lump of clay and pulled it up into a cylinder.'
  3. 'After everyone had eaten, she handed them each a lump of the sticky substance.'
  4. 'Take a small of lump of dough, and roll it into a ball.'
  5. 'To make these stamps the students fashioned a small lump of clay into a shape like a small rubber stamp.'
  6. 'Michael will talk about the book and use a lump of stone and a piece of gold to illustrate themes of alchemy.'
  7. 'Tearing a piece from a large lump of kneaded dough on the metal table, the master baker swiftly rolled it out into a long, tube-like form.'
  8. 'I turned away and slid back down the mound, only to feel a lump of something at my feet.'
  9. 'They became enthralled as the lumps of clay transformed into lively pots with animal characteristics.'
  10. 'On one occasion, a lump of a stone was hurdled through her bedroom window and landed on the floor after passing over her while she slept inside.'
  11. 'he was unhurt apart from a huge lump on his head'
  12. 'After having two benign lumps removed, she had her procedures done just to play it safe.'
  13. 'In most instances, there is no need for anesthesia, especially for lumps and bumps that are felt underneath the skin.'
  14. 'All patients complained of swelling or lumps in the affected area with no nipple retraction or discharge.'
  15. 'Her head started pounding, so she lifted a hand to the area where she had bumped her head and winced when she felt the forming swelling of a lump.'
  16. 'She gingerly felt the huge lump on the back of her head and winced - it hurt a lot.'
  17. 'Ask your doctor to check you over if you find an unexplained, tender lump on your head.'
  18. 'There was a gash in his left calf where a rock or something and cut through his pants and into his leg and a huge lump on the back of his head.'
  19. 'She went through surgery to remove a cancerous lump on her right breast and 17 surrounding lymph nodes.'
  20. 'My face is swollen and I've got a huge lump on my gum that throbs.'
  21. 'Some problems may be detected-and treated-early by examining your pet weekly for lumps, bumps and skin irritations.'
  22. 'Feeding him a few lumps of sugar, she was finally able to coax him into allowing her to put on his saddle.'
  23. 'Hope frowned, her attention focused on stirring two lumps of sugar into her breakfast tea.'
  24. 'He put artificial sweetener in his tea instead of his normal three lumps of sugar.'
  25. 'Within seconds of meeting him, this sense of mystique has dissolved, along with the lumps of brown sugar being heaped into our coffee cups.'
  26. 'The rocks reminded him of the lumps of sugar he used to stir into his tea - so they became the Sugar Loaf Islands.'
  27. 'I drop two lumps of brown sugar into my cup and pour the coffee and milk in together.'
  28. 'There's a trail bar and a cup of tea for everyone, one lump of sugar in each cup.'
  29. 'They were just wonderful, beyond wonderful for such a bunch of big hairy lumps, and it was great to see them playing a small-ish venue.'
  30. 'He could not contemplate life without his holding midfield player, his big lump up front, his defenders who defend, his channel ball, his pressing game.'
  31. 'Sure, all of the athletes are superbly trained and conditioned, and big lumps to boot.'
  32. 'Buy yourself a new suit, get a haircut and for goodness' sake smile, you great lump.'
The state of being self-employed and paid without deduction of tax, especially in the building industry.
  1. as modifier 'lump labour'


Put in an indiscriminate mass or group; treat as alike without regard for particulars.
  1. 'Nigel didn't like being lumped in with prisoners'
  2. 'The Black Heart Procession are one of those bands that get lumped under the lazy catch-all ‘Americana’.'
  3. 'It seems to me that fantastically imaginative fiction tends to be lumped in with the whole science fiction genre.'
  4. 'For lack of a better word for it I lump all the small things that go into the formation of a proper co-operative attitude to others in government under this heading.'
  5. 'And I just didn't like them lumping us all together, because we are all different.'
  6. 'But asylum seekers have been so demonized in Britain that all blame has gravitated to the detainees, who have been lumped together as ungrateful arsonists.'
  7. 'Those who argue this way are lumping together two very different things - threats and violence, on the one hand, and criticisms of judges on the other.'
  8. 'I think that he should name names if there is foundation in what he says, because I frankly resent being lumped in with everyone else.'
  9. 'Because statistics were so poorly kept in general, and Slavs were so often lumped together or confused with other groups, it is not known how many Croatians entered the United States during the Great Migration.'
  10. 'Defense contractors, for instance, might object to being lumped in with gaming companies or brewers.'
  11. 'Everyone is lumped together by body mass index, a measure of obesity, instead.'
  12. 'Genetic information can be used to classify and lump, split and separate, identify and admit.'
Carry (a heavy load) somewhere with difficulty.
  1. 'I worked in a supermarket, lumping sacks of spuds around.'


Accept or tolerate a disagreeable situation whether one likes it or not.
  1. 'And even if you don't buy this vision of the world, you just have to lump it and swallow it.'
  2. 'It seems that we are all told to like it or lump it, yet there is no legislation to help set fairly precise demarcation lines.'
  3. 'Sometimes one longs for the days gone by, when film makers made just one good product and had sufficient confidence in their ability to leave it to the intelligence of audiences of all ages to like it or lump it.'
  4. 'Democracy didn't once enter the equation and the seven counties who had meticulously crafted suitable wordings so that the issue could be debated were effectively told to like it or lump it.'
  5. 'The argument of the book seems to run thus: Globalisation, like it or lump it, is an unstoppable force.'
  6. 'There is just this assumption that we are a capitalist society and that's it, like it or lump it.'
  7. 'So like it or lump it, it is Labour for another term.'
  8. 'Ordinarily, they'd just have to lump it, right?'
  9. 'Family comes before football and, like it or lump it, family comes first and it seems the move has to be made.'
  10. '‘The bulk of people are very unhappy about this, but they feel they have been told to like it or lump it,’ he said.'

More definitions

1. a piece or mass of solid matter without regular shape or of no particular shape: a lump of coal.

2. a protuberance or swelling: a blow that raised a lump on his head.

3. an aggregation, collection, or mass; clump: All the articles were piled in a great lump.

4. 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?

5. majority; plurality; multitude: The great lump of voters a

More examples(as adjective)

"pensions can be lump."

"outlays can be lump."

"contributions can be lump."


(lump)Late 16th century (in the sense ‘look sulky’): symbolic of displeasure; compare with words such as dump and grump. The current sense dates from the early 19th century.


a lump in the throat
take (or get) one's lumps