Lumpy things are uneven and full of bumps or chunks. While lumpy oatmeal might be good, a lumpy mattress can make it impossible to get a good night's sleep.

It's easier to play a game of croquet on a smooth lawn, rather than a lumpy field full of bumps and holes. And you may find a silky bowl of chocolate pudding delicious, but be disgusted by the texture of a lumpy serving of tapioca pudding. The adjective lumpy, by way of the noun lump, comes from the Old English lumpe, from a Scandinavian root.

Definitions of lumpy
  1. adjective
    having lumps; not smooth and even in texture
    lumpy gravy”
    not even or uniform as e.g. in shape or texture
  2. adjective
    like or containing small sticky lumps
    synonyms: chunky
    not well-proportioned and pleasing in shape
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