One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Roughly or clumsily formed or shaped.‘those large and lumpish hands could produce exquisitely fine work’
clumsy, awkward, heavy-footed, blundering, bumbling, inept, maladroit, uncoordinated, ungainly, oafish, like a bull in a china shop, ungraceful, gauche, cumbersome, ponderous, laborious, stolidView synonyms
- ‘For the kids the knee-jerk tourist products are wooden toys, but they are lumpish, boring objects, unlikely to appeal to any but the most simple-minded of toddlers.’
- ‘The hands, however, did no good, for she was scarcely a few feet in the door when she tripped heavily over something large and lumpish, and half face-planted into a wall, legs still tangled in the object she'd tripped over.’
- ‘The simplest and most lumpish fungus has a peculiar interest to us, compared with a mere mass of earth, because it is so obviously organic and related to ourselves, however remote.’
- ‘The style shows its best in New York, but even there it was relatively heavy, lumpish, and derivative.’
- ‘He studied antiquity in immense detail, in search of a basis for reforming modern architecture, which he thought had become lumpish and boring.’
- ‘This potentially lumpish dish was served in a parfait glass, covered in a veil of horseradish cream.’
- ‘There is something cartoonish about him - dangling arms, head that looks like its rolling off his neck, lumpish face and deadpan expression.’
- ‘Its waiting list is described as ‘very, very long’: it seems that the great and the good of Scotland are anxious to join in whatever goes on in that lumpish piece of neo-classical building in Buccleuch Street known as the Archers' Hall.’
- ‘The buildings are formed from quite blunt, lumpish volumes, which are then cut and deformed according to an abstract procedure.’
- ‘She feels it hanging round her like a great, lumpish stone.’
- ‘A vintage white Ambassador - that lumpish fifties-era sedan still found throughout India's hinterland - creeps along within the bright human throng.’
- ‘If he governs according to what he said during the campaign, it will be a lumpish mess at best and could be disaster for the Democratic Party.’
- 1.1 (of a person) stupid and lethargic.
unintelligent, ignorant, dense, brainless, mindless, foolish, dull-witted, dull, slow-witted, witless, slow, dunce-like, simple-minded, empty-headed, vacuous, vapid, half-witted, idiotic, moronic, imbecilic, imbecile, obtuse, doltishView synonyms
- ‘Once wide awake, even enterprising, they slowly become dilatory, leaden, slow, laggard, and lumpish.’
- ‘She is a ghastly, lumpish, sullenly withdrawn girl who leaves great quantities of unflushed paper in the toilet and feeds exclusively on rocklike muffins she constantly bakes from a packaged mix.’
- ‘Silent and lumpish, he seems to live chiefly through the random fixations of his senses.’
- ‘Yet lumpish Jane's fairytale romance is left stranded on the roadside by the self-centered pragmatism of robbers on the run.’
- ‘I realised I had missed seeing this incredible event by a matter of seconds - like the lumpish ploughman who fails to witness the fall of Icarus in Auden's Musee des Beaux Arts.’
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