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lum·pen 1

 (lŭm′pən, lo͝om′-)
1. Of or relating to dispossessed, often displaced people who have been cut off from the socioeconomic class with which they would ordinarily be identified: lumpen intellectuals unable to find work in their fields.
2. Of or relating to the lumpenproletariat.
3. Vulgar or common; plebeian: "Popular novelists and their mass readership remain a despised lumpen minority" (Leslie Fiedler).
1. (used with a pl. verb) The lumpenproletariat.
2. (used with a sing. verb) A member of the lumpenproletariat.

[From German Lumpenproletariat, the lowest section of the proletariat; see lumpenproletariat.]

lum·pen 2

Having lumps or a lumpy appearance: "glancing with reluctant distaste at the shrouded, lumpen shape on the floor" (P.D. James).

[lump + -en.]


informal stupid or unthinking
[from German Lump vagabond, influenced in meaning by Lumpen rag, as in lumpenproletariat]


(ˈlʌm pən, ˈlʊm-)

1. of or pertaining to disfranchised and uprooted individuals or groups, esp. those who have lost status: the lumpen bourgeoisie.
2. a lumpen individual or group.
[1945–50; extracted from lumpenproletariat]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lumpen - mentally sluggishlumpen - mentally sluggish      
stupid - lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity


[ˈlʌmpən] (esp Brit) ADJ [person] → necio


adj (= bulky) building etcklobig; (inf: = stupid) → blöd (inf)
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