lumbering

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lum•ber•ing  (lumbər ing),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Buildingthe trade or business of cutting and preparing lumber.
  • lumber1 + -ing1 1765–75

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
lumbering /ˈlʌmbərɪŋ/ n
  1. chiefly US Canadian the business or trade of cutting, transporting, preparing, or selling timber
lumbering /ˈlʌmbərɪŋ/ adj
  1. awkward in movement
  2. moving with a rumbling sound
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
lum•ber1 /ˈlʌmbɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Buildingtimber or wood from a tree sawed or split into planks, boards, etc.
lum•ber•er, n. [countable]
lum•ber•man, n.[countable]pl.  -men. 

lum•ber2 /ˈlʌmbɚ/USA pronunciation   v. [no object]
  1. to move clumsily or heavily, esp. from great weight or size:The huge truck lumbered onto the highway.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lum•ber1  (lumbər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Buildingtimber sawed or split into planks, boards, etc.
  2. miscellaneous useless articles that are stored away.

v.i. 
  1. Buildingto cut timber and prepare it for market.
  2. to become useless or to be stored away as useless.

v.t. 
  1. to convert (a specified amount, area, etc.) into lumber:We lumbered more than a million acres last year.
  2. to heap together in disorder.
  3. to fill up or obstruct with miscellaneous useless articles;
    encumber.
lumber•er, n. 
lumber•less, adj. 
  • 1545–55; origin, originally noun, nominal use of lumber2; i.e., useless goods that weigh one down, impede one's movements

lum•ber2  (lumbər),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to move clumsily or heavily, esp. from great or ponderous bulk:overloaded wagons lumbering down the dirt road.
  2. to make a rumbling noise.
lumber•ly, adj. 
  • 1300–50; Middle English lomeren; compare dialect, dialectal Swedish lomra to resound, loma to walk heavily
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged trudge, barge, plod.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
lumber /ˈlʌmbə/ n
  1. chiefly US Canadian logs; sawn timber
  2. (as modifier): the lumber trade
  3. Brit useless household articles that are stored away
  4. (as modifier): lumber room
vb
  1. (transitive) to pile together in a disorderly manner
  2. (transitive) to fill up or encumber with useless household articles
  3. chiefly US Canadian to convert (the trees) of (a forest) into marketable timber
  4. (transitive) Brit informal to burden with something unpleasant, tedious, etc
Etymology: 17th Century: perhaps from a noun use of lumber²

ˈlumberer n
lumber /ˈlʌmbə/ vb (intransitive)
  1. to move awkwardly
  2. an obsolete word for rumble
Etymology: 14th Century lomeren; perhaps related to lome lame1, Swedish dialect loma to move ponderously
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