Main definitions of lumber in English

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lumber1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Move in a slow, heavy, awkward way.

    ‘a truck filled his mirror and lumbered past’
    • ‘For as long as I can remember, he has looked like an elephant, heavy and lumbering with big ears and baggy wrinkled skin.’
    • ‘A large and heavily muscled guard lumbered past his door.’
    • ‘A local handyman would lumber past each day on his way from odd-job to odd-job, eying little twelve-year-old Laura with a smile and a hello.’
    • ‘Kerry lumbers off his stool and seems a bit slowed down.’
    • ‘But the last two seasons, his moves became lumbering.’
    • ‘The freighter lumbered awkwardly toward the base.’
    • ‘I saw walruses and heard their grunts as they lumbered slowly off their ice floes.’
    • ‘What films remain of Jess show him not to be lumbering and slow but rather agile and balanced.’
    • ‘I slung her over my shoulder and lumbered down the stairs to throw her out on the street.’
    • ‘The heavy steel door swung open and Grimes lumbered awkwardly through the entrance, key ring bouncing from the ridges of fat around his waist.’
    • ‘An orange dump truck lumbers up the street followed by workers with picks and sledgehammers.’
    • ‘Both were big and lumbering and unfeasibly tough, and it could be said that neither had an awful lot to speak of between the ears, but they were a family unit, and both cared for the other far more than they cared for themselves.’
    • ‘They moved into the flat upstairs and they lumbered about like huge beasts, stomping up and down with no thought of the excess noise being transmitted to my ears below.’
    • ‘Manta rays cruise past, turtles lumber along, sharks scope the scene, the odd octopus creeps along the ocean floor, and further out, the whale sharks make their way north.’
    • ‘But the humpback gives the lie to the notion that things of great bulk move only by lumbering.’
    • ‘We watched on TV from a helicopter vantage point, as a caravan of five fire trucks lumbered up the vacant, closed-down interstate to battle the blaze.’
    • ‘The maids there didn't even look up as he lumbered past ovens and drying herbs.’
    • ‘Not many ordinary people were out on the streets, but there was a heavy population of police and army trucks lumbered ponderously around.’
    • ‘The research showed they would later unfailingly lumber over to the farmers who gave them food and shun the others.’
    • ‘Trucks steadily lumber across the bridge linking the countries, ferrying North Korean raw materials into China and Chinese manufactured goods to market in North Korea.’
    clumsy, awkward, heavy-footed, blundering, bumbling, inept, maladroit, uncoordinated, ungainly, oafish, like a bull in a china shop, ungraceful, gauche, lumpish, cumbersome, ponderous, laborious, stolid
    clodhopping, hulking
    lubberly
    lurch, stumble, shamble, shuffle, reel, waddle
    trudge, clump, stump, plod, tramp, walk clumsily, walk heavily, stamp, stomp, thump, thud, bang
    sprauchle
    traik
    galumph
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Origin

Late Middle English lomere, perhaps symbolic of clumsy movement.

Pronunciation:

lumber

/ˈləmbər/

Main definitions of lumber in English

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lumber2

noun

  • 1North American Timber sawn into rough planks or otherwise partly prepared.

    • ‘The other two projects are simply made from standard-size lumber.’
    • ‘A total of six ships have put in here asking for both furs and lumber in the past two months.’
    • ‘Born in Glasgow in 1850, he migrated at the age of four to Quebec, where his father built up a lucrative career in shipbuilding and lumber.’
    • ‘Special precautions need to be taken when cutting pressure treated lumber.’
    • ‘Penetrating stains or preservative treatments are preferred for rough sawn lumber.’
    • ‘A major trade dispute is brewing over the export of Canadian softwood lumber to the United States.’
    • ‘Simple and inexpensive to build, our tree seat is made from standard size lumber.’
    • ‘The engineered beams span longer runs and withstand higher stresses than traditional sawn lumber.’
    • ‘Pieces of lumber appeared, were carefully measured and then taken back to the workshop for fine tuning.’
    • ‘At first sight it appears to be an ordinary piece of pine lumber set on the floor.’
    • ‘The project calls only for standard size pine lumber that is readily available at your local home improvement center.’
    • ‘Treated lumber has been around for decades, and is generally considered to be a very safe product.’
    • ‘Made with standard size lumber, and built from full-size plans, just a handful of common tools are required to build this project in a weekend.’
    • ‘He also sells lumber created from fallen trees on his own farm.’
    • ‘In the face of devastation caused by widespread deforestation, some furniture makers are turning to alternative sources of lumber.’
    • ‘If cut for lumber, this single tree would yield 600, 120 board feet, the makings of 40 five-room houses.’
    • ‘Natural beauty is integral to every piece of redwood lumber.’
    • ‘Some connectors are made for standard sizes of solid sawn lumber.’
    • ‘Or you can build a simple three or four side enclosure out of scrap lumber.’
    • ‘You can frame raised beds with lumber or form unframed beds like ours by shaping soil into level, flat-sided mounds about 8 inches high.’
    timber, wood, planks, planking
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  • 2British Articles of furniture or other household items that are no longer useful and inconveniently take up storage space.

    [as modifier] ‘a lumber room’
    • ‘I grabbed many cans of Lysol, loaded them into the car, and continued to the storage room where lumber lay about.’
    • ‘In trad Japanese houses, this whole thing is supposed to be placed in a special location built for it between the first and second floors, which is not possible in our house, so the image was leaned against a pile of lumber to party with us.’
    • ‘Hence perhaps why much is made of the variety of subject matter in Sebald's novels, like a lumber room in a rundown mansion ready for an enthusiast's rummage.’
    jumble, clutter, odds and ends, bits and pieces, bits and bobs, rummage, bric-a-brac, oddments, miscellanea, sundries, knick-knacks, flotsam and jetsam, cast-offs, white elephants, stuff, things
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verb

  • 1North American usually as noun lumbering[no object] Cut and prepare forest timber for transport and sale.

    ‘the traditional resource industries of the nation, chiefly fishing and lumbering’
    • ‘He and his group expected to have a hard go of it in Hokkaido at first, and for a few years crops were poor, but after 1913 their life settled down thanks to the increasing income from lumbering.’
    • ‘Fishing and lumbering became major enterprises.’
    • ‘Currently, he says, enough waste biomass is being generated by lumbering, by farming, and as urban waste to meet 10 percent of U.S. transportation needs.’
    • ‘As part of the agreement, Pacific Lumber agrees to strict monitoring of and restrictions on lumbering in its other forest holdings.’
    • ‘In the late 18th and early 19th centuries lumbering, seal hunting, and whaling attracted a few European settlers to New Zealand.’
    • ‘New England farmers are also engaged in lumbering and raising livestock.’
    • ‘We were forced to purchase rice and wheat with the money we got from lumbering.’
    • ‘Fishing, like lumbering, was in decline, and enterprises which produced only red ink were being quickly jettisoned by those who didn't like that colour.’
    • ‘Agriculture, lumbering, mining and the fish habitat are considered in Chapter 8.’
    • ‘Early nineteenth-century colonial economies were based primarily on agriculture, lumbering, and fishing.’
  • 2British usually be lumbered withinformal [with object] Burden (someone) with an unwanted responsibility, task, or set of circumstances.

    • ‘Their real fear is that Hutchison will appeal and they'll be lumbered with the costs.’
    • ‘Surely it must be better to capitalise on Bradford's assets than be lumbered with an American consultancy of unknown competence, whose prime motivation will be to maximise its fee?’
    • ‘I didn't end up with it purely because of its feel, though: I also didn't want to be lumbered with the vast amounts of junk all the other keyboards were saddled with.’
    • ‘Low cost of ownership through self-tuning, self-management capabilities means suppliers are not lumbered with costly end-user support, and end-users do not have to employ database administrators.’
    • ‘Regrettably that means that South Lakeland will be lumbered with staying in a two-tier Cumbria at least until the next time local government reorganisation is forced back to the top of the political agenda.’
    • ‘Had the ejection of Beagle 2 failed, Mars Express would have been lumbered with the extra weight for the rest of its mission and its orbital survey of Mars would have been severely hampered.’
    • ‘It is also alleged the group has been lumbered with a huge excess of stock which could involve write-offs of as much as 15 million.’
    • ‘A larger firm paying £200,000 per year on the same energy split will be lumbered with an extra £25,000.’
    • ‘As I was one of only two blokes in the Ilkley store, I got lumbered with a lot of stockroom work - spending one memorable hot August dealing with deliveries of Christmas trees, cards, and decorations.’
    • ‘Even the Americans are lumbered with that one picture.’
    • ‘And finally - the question that every interviewer asks - how did he get lumbered with such an appallingly unattractive surname?’
    • ‘Finally the LEA was lumbered with meeting increased pension contributions - an added £300,000 bill.’
    • ‘One of them usually gets a top-of-the-range model, but another is lumbered with a mobile phone camera and expected to perform miracles.’
    • ‘Given that it is unlikely that the State will wish to be lumbered with the crushing financial burden of this obsolete dinosaur from a decadent age, an interested body of Sligo citizens should be formed immediately.’
    • ‘The boom times are over - not least for those borrowers who have suddenly been lumbered with their lenders' costly standard rates at the end of a fixed-rate deal.’
    • ‘Brussels may be the home of the EU and, in some eyes, lumbered with that organisation's bureaucratic and dull reputation, but nothing could be further from the truth.’
    • ‘Hospital trusts are also often lumbered with mounting legal costs and bills for experts to investigate any allegations before the case can finally be resolved and the doctor is either reinstated or sacked.’
    • ‘Of course if Labour wanted to be really cunning, they could now drop the plan and leave the Tories with the option of a hilarious U-turn or being lumbered with an unpopular policy they didn't really want.’
    • ‘The bad news is that, apparently, work at Bow Road is due to continue until July 2005, nine months later than originally planned, so you're lumbered with my regular renovation updates for another year at least.’
    • ‘Deregulation opened entry to all comers, and the new airlines were not lumbered with labour contracts negotiated in the era in which regulators allowed carriers to use their monopolies to pass their costs on to captive travellers.’
    burden, saddle, encumber, hamper, impose on, load, oppress, trouble, tax
    land, dump something on someone
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Origin

Mid 16th century: perhaps from lumber; later associated with obsolete lumber pawnbroker's shop.

Pronunciation:

lumber

/ˈləmbər/