I. noun Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century 1. a piece or mass of indefinite size and shape 2. a. aggregate, totality <
taken in the lump
b. majority 3. protuberance; especially an abnormal swelling 4. a person who is heavy and awkward; also one who is stupid or dull 5. plural a. beatings, bruises <
had taken a lot of lumps growing up in the city
b. defeat, loss <
can cheerfully take his lumps on losers, because the payout is big on the winners — Martin Mayer
II. verb Date: 1624 transitive verb 1. to group indiscriminately 2. to make into lumps; also to make lumps on or in 3. to move noisily and clumsily intransitive verb 1. to become formed into lumps 2. to move oneself noisily and clumsily III. adjective Date: circa 1700 not divided into parts ; entire <
a lump sum
IV. transitive verb Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1791 to put up with <
like it or lump it

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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