I. intransitive verb (lumbered; lumbering) Etymology: Middle English lomeren Date: 14th century 1. to move ponderously 2. rumble II. noun Etymology: perhaps from Lombard; from the use of pawnshops as storehouses of disused property Date: 1552 1. surplus or disused articles (as furniture) that are stored away 2. a. timber or logs especially when dressed for use b. any of various structural materials prepared in a form similar to lumber • lumber adjective III. verb (lumbered; lumbering) Date: 1642 transitive verb 1. to clutter with or as if with lumber ; encumber <
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2. to heap together in disorder 3. to log and saw the timber of intransitive verb 1. to cut logs for lumber 2. to saw logs into lumber for the market • lumberer noun

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  • Lumber — Lum ber, n. [Prob. fr. Lombard, the Lombards being the money lenders and pawnbrokers of the Middle Ages. A lumber room was, according to Trench, originally a Lombard room, or room where the Lombard pawnbroker stored his pledges. See {Lombard}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lumber — lumber1 [lum′bər] n. [< ? LOMBARD: orig., pawnbroker s shop or storeroom, hence pawned articles in storage, hence stored articles, hence lumber] 1. miscellaneous discarded household articles, furniture, etc. stored away or taking up room ☆ 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Lumber — Lum ber, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lumbered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lumbering}.] 1. To heap together in disorder. Stuff lumbered together. Rymer. [1913 Webster] 2. To fill or encumber with lumber; as, to lumber up a room. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lumber — lum‧ber [ˈlʌmbə ǁ ər] noun [uncountable] wood that has been prepared for sale; = TIMBER: • The company operates 50 lumber and building material retail stores. * * * lumber UK US /ˈlʌmbər/ noun [U] NATURAL RESOURCES ► TIMBER( …   Financial and business terms

  • lumber — [v1] walk heavily, clumsily barge, clump, galumph, lump, plod, shamble, shuffle, slog, stump, trudge, trundle, waddle; concept 151 Ant. glide lumber [v2] burden charge, cumber, encumber, impose upon, lade, land, load, saddle, tax, weigh; concept… …   New thesaurus

  • Lumber — Lum ber, v. i. 1. To move heavily, as if burdened. [1913 Webster] 2. [Cf. dial. Sw. lomra to resound.] To make a sound as if moving heavily or clumsily; to rumble. Cowper. [1913 Webster] 3. To cut logs in the forest, or prepare timber for market …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lumber — Lumber, so v.w. Fettgans …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • lumber — *stumble, trip, blunder, lurch, flounder, galumph, lollop, bumble …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • lumber — ► VERB ▪ move in a slow, heavy, awkward way. ORIGIN perhaps symbolic of clumsy movement …   English terms dictionary

  • Lumber — Timber redirects here. For other uses, see Timber (disambiguation). Timber in storage for later processing at a sawmill …   Wikipedia

  • lumber — {{11}}lumber (n.) timber sawn into rough planks, 1660s, Amer.Eng. (Massachusetts), earlier disused bit of furniture; heavy, useless objects (1550s), probably from LUMBER (Cf. lumber) (v.), perhaps influenced by Lombard, from the Italian… …   Etymology dictionary

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