heap

A great big pile of something is a heap. Your sloppy brother might keep all of his clothes in a heap on his bedroom floor.

A heap can be a literal mound of things — a heap of money in your piggy bank, or a heap of wet towels beside the pool — or it can be a figurative pile. For example, you might worry that if you're caught eating your roommate's pizza you'll be in a heap of trouble. Heap is also a verb, as when you heap compliments on your best friend. Since 1924 heap has also meant "junky old car."

Definitions of heap
  1. noun
    a collection of objects laid on top of each other
    synonyms: agglomerate, cumulation, cumulus, mound, pile
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    compost heap, compost pile
    a heap of manure and vegetation and other organic residues that are decaying to become compost
    dunghill, midden, muckheap, muckhill
    a heap of dung or refuse
    scrapheap
    pile of discarded metal
    shock
    a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field
    slagheap
    pile of waste matter from coal mining etc
    stack
    an orderly pile
    funeral pyre, pyre
    wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite
    woodpile
    a pile or stack of wood to be used for fuel
    stockpile
    a storage pile accumulated for future use
    hayrick, haystack, rick
    a stack of hay
    type of:
    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  2. noun
    (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    synonyms: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
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    barrage, deluge, flood, flurry, inundation, torrent
    an overwhelming number or amount
    haymow
    a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
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    large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
  3. verb
    arrange in stacks
    heap firewood around the fireplace”
    synonyms: pile, stack
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    rick
    pile in ricks
    cord
    stack in cords
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    arrange, set up
    put into a proper or systematic order
  4. verb
    fill to overflow
    heap the platter with potatoes”
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    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
  5. verb
    bestow in large quantities
    “He heaped him with work”
    “She heaped scorn upon him”
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    give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  6. noun
    a car that is old and unreliable
    synonyms: bus, jalopy
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    type of:
    auto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar
    a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
    dysphemism
    an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one
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