Definition of heap noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hiːp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hiːp//
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  1. 1heap (of something) an untidy pile of something The building was reduced to a heap of rubble. a compost heap His clothes lay in a heap on the floor. Worn-out car tyres were stacked in heaps. see also scrapheap, slag heap
  2. 2[usually plural] (informal) a lot of something There's heaps of time before the plane leaves. (North American English) I've got a heap of things to do.
  3. 3(informal, humorous) a car that is old and in bad condition
  4. Word OriginOld English hēap (noun), hēapian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoop and German Haufen.Extra examples His clothes lay in a crumpled heap on the floor. Papers were piled in great heaps on the desk. Throw the potato peelings on the compost heap. a great heap of stones colliery spoil heaps the ash heap of history Her clothes were lying in a crumpled heap. Put organic waste on the compost heap. The lava piles up into massive heaps. Worn-out car tyres were stacked in heaps.Idioms
    at the top/bottom of the heap
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    high up/low down in the structure of an organization or a society These workers are at the bottom of the economic heap.
    collapse, fall, etc. in a heap
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    to fall down heavily and not move He collapsed in a heap on the floor.
    heaps better, more, older, etc.
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    (British English, informal) a lot better, etc. Help yourself—there's heaps more. He looks heaps better than when I last saw him.
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