Main meanings of lumbering in English

: lumbering1lumbering2

lumbering1

Pronunciation /ˈlʌmb(ə)rɪŋ/

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adjective

  • Moving in a slow, heavy, awkward way.

    ‘Bob was a big, lumbering, gentle sort’
    • ‘a lumbering bureaucracy’
    • ‘Through a broken window a few feet away I watched the zombies lumbering outdoors.’
    • ‘Behind me a more seriously drunk man was lumbering towards me.’
    • ‘Most of the smaller characters are slaves to the plot, merely present to keep the story lumbering forward.’
    • ‘In the world of international cinema, there are still a few giants lumbering around.’
    • ‘The mighty dirigibles in the paintings are lumbering by comparison.’
    • ‘Through their viewing windows, you can see pregnant sows lumbering around a barren concrete pen.’
    • ‘A dark silhouette of a large man was lumbering across the deck toward them.’
    • ‘The big birds have slow wing beats that make them appear to be lumbering along.’
    • ‘At one point, the pharmacist came lumbering out to instruct an anxious customer in the use of a non-prescription nutritional supplement.’
    • ‘Like any other titanic, lumbering, inefficient machine, Hollywood studios dangerously pollute the atmosphere.’
    • ‘I see people with laptops, cellular phones and PDAs lumbering about like beasts of burden, talking aloud in public like village idiots.’
    • ‘But the humpback gives the lie to the notion that things of great bulk move only by lumbering.’
    • ‘The Democratic Party had to shed everything that was slow-moving and lumbering in its ideological presentation.’
    • ‘I had a great time and managed to break only one thing lumbering around their house in my giant costume.’
    • ‘He's big and lumbering and doesn't run that well after the catch, but he doesn't drop many passes.’
    • ‘You go down to the beach in a group after dark and wait patiently until the turtles turn up - big, lumbering, shelled shapes, dragging themselves over the sand.’
    • ‘As the sun was setting we returned to our hotel slowly through the streets half-ruined by the Turkish shells; and still the Russian provision carts were lumbering through the town.’
    • ‘If you look at this tiny, eight-legged creature under a magnifying lens, you can see it lumbering along like a bear.’
    • ‘In early illustrations, dinosaurs were often portrayed as lumbering, upright, tail-dragging behemoths.’
    • ‘When the mother is finished laying, she covers the nest, scattering sand in every direction to disguise its presence, before turning and lumbering back to sea.’

Main meanings of lumbering in English

: lumbering1lumbering2

lumbering2

Pronunciation /ˈlʌmb(ə)rɪŋ/

See synonyms for lumbering

noun

mass nounmainly North American
  • The action of cutting and preparing forest timber for transport and sale.

    • ‘the traditional resource industries of the nation, chiefly fishing and lumbering’