Pronunciation: (lump),[key] —n. 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 calledlump 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 are still undecided. 6. lumps,Informal.harsh criticism, punishment, or defeat: The new theory came in for some lumps when other scholars heard of it. 7. Informal.a heavy, clumsy, and usually stupid person.
8. get or take one's lumps, to receive or endure hardship, punishment, criticism, etc.: Without its star pitcher, the baseball team will get its lumps today.
—adj. 1. in the form of a lump or lumps: lump sugar. 2. made up of a number of items taken together; not separated or considered separately: The debts were paid in one lump sum.
—v.t. 1. to unite into one aggregation, collection, or mass (often fol. by together): We lumped the reds and blues together. 2. to deal with, handle, consider, etc., in the lump or mass: to lump unrelated matters indiscriminately. 3. to make into a lump or lumps: to lump dough before shaping it into loaves. 4. to raise into or cover with lumps: a plow lumping the moist earth.
—v.i. 1. to form or raise a lump or lumps: Stir the gravy so that it doesn't lump. 2. to move heavily and awkwardly: The big oaf lumped along beside me.
Pronunciation: (lump),[key] —v.t.Informal. to put up with; resign oneself to; accept and endure: If you don't like it, you can lump it.