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



    BrE BrE//lʌmp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lʌmp//
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  1. 1  a piece of something hard or solid, usually without a particular shape a lump of coal/cheese/wood This sauce has lumps in it.
  2. 2(British English) = sugar lump One lump or two?
  3. 3  a swelling under the skin, sometimes a sign of serious illness He was unhurt apart from a lump on his head. Check your breasts for lumps every month.
  4. 4(informal, especially British English) a heavy, lazy or stupid person He’s a big fat lump. See related entries: Lazy
  5. Word Originnoun Middle English: perhaps from a Germanic base meaning ‘shapeless piece’; compare with Danish lump ‘lump’, Norwegian and Swedish dialect lump ‘block, log’, and Dutch lomp ‘rag’.Extra examples He’s developed a painful lump on his neck. She felt a lump in her breast. She’s just had a breast lump removed. Stir the sauce to remove any small lumps. Surgeons operated to remove the lump. Tests confirmed the lump was cancerous. a great lump of cheese a heavy lump of clay He put a few more lumps of coal on the fire. He was unhurt except for a lump on his head. She gave the pony a sugar lump.Idioms
    have, etc. a lump in your throat
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    to feel pressure in the throat because you are very angry or emotional
    (North American English, informal) to accept bad things that happen to you without complaining We made mistakes but we took our lumps.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lump