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."

Primary Meanings of heap

a collection of objects laid on top of each other
arrange in stacks
a car that is old and unreliable
Full Definitions of heap

n a collection of objects laid on top of each other

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
pile of discarded metal
a pile of sheaves of grain set on end in a field to dry; stalks of Indian corn set up in a field
pile of waste matter from coal mining etc
an orderly pile
funeral pyre, pyre
wood heaped for burning a dead body as a funeral rite
a pile or stack of wood to be used for fuel
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

n (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

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
deluge, flood, inundation, torrent
an overwhelming number or amount
a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
Type of:
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude

v arrange in stacks

heap firewood around the fireplace”
pile, stack
pile in ricks
stack in cords
Type of:
arrange, set up
put into a proper or systematic order

v fill to overflow

heap the platter with potatoes”
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense

v bestow in large quantities

“He heaped him with work”
“She heaped scorn upon him”
Type of:
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

n a car that is old and unreliable

bus, jalopy
Type of:
auto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar
a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one

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