Do you move clumsily, heavily and slowly, without a shred of grace? Then it sounds like you might lumber. Sorry to hear that.

Lots of other words and phrases are associated with our friend lumber. Particularly large or tall people are almost inevitably said to lumber, as the common phrase "lumbering giant," attests. You never hear of a tip-toeing giant, but some of them must. Lumberjack, meaning someone who cuts down trees, is another. Often lumber, in the sense of planks of wood, is interchangeable with the word timber.

Definitions of lumber
  1. noun
    the wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material
    synonyms: timber
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    lumber used in the construction of something
    thin piece of wood or metal
    board, plank
    a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes
    planks collectively; a quantity of planks
    a strip fixed to something to hold it firm
    a strip of wood or metal used to strengthen the surface to which it is attached
    a narrow strip of wood on the neck of some stringed instruments (violin or cello or guitar etc) where the strings are held against the wood with the fingers
    furring, furring strip
    strip used to give a level surface for attaching wallboard
    jackstraw, spillikin
    a thin strip of wood used in playing the game of jackstraws
    a board that has a groove cut into one edge and a tongue cut into the other so they fit tightly together (as in a floor)
    pale, picket
    a wooden strip forming part of a fence
    one of a pair of planks used to make a track for rolling or sliding objects
    slat, spline
    a thin strip (wood or metal)
    a flexible strip (wood or rubber) used in drawing curved lines
    pick consisting of a small strip of wood or plastic; used to pick food from between the teeth
    strake, wale
    thick plank forming a ridge along the side of a wooden ship
    chipboard, hardboard
    a cheap hard material made from wood chips that are pressed together and bound with synthetic resin
    a plank of softwood (fir or pine board)
    type of:
    building material
    material used for constructing buildings
  2. verb
    cut lumber, as in woods and forests
    synonyms: log
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    type of:
    cut down, drop, fell, strike down
    cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow
  3. verb
    move heavily or clumsily
    “The heavy man lumbered across the room”
    synonyms: pound
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    type of:
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  4. noun
    an implement used in baseball by the batter
    synonyms: baseball bat
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    type of:
    baseball equipment
    equipment used in playing baseball
    a club used for hitting a ball in various games
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