lumbering

EnglishEdit

NounEdit

lumbering (countable and uncountable, plural lumberings)

  1. The act of one who lumbers; heavy, clumsy movement.
    • 1887, Hall Caine, The Deemster:
      Only the old harbor-master was there, singing out, as by duty bound, his lusty oaths at their lumberings.
  2. (US) The business of felling trees for lumber.

AdjectiveEdit

lumbering (comparative more lumbering, superlative most lumbering)

  1. Clumsy or awkward.
  2. Heavy, slow and laborious; ponderous.
    • 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
      The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.

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