Language lab Children

Brum, Brum… here I come!

Bumbling and shuffling, you could well stumble upon something lumbersome.

A noisy, old pick-up truck lumbered past us.

The verb lumber in the above sentence is suggestive of the slow and heavy movement of the truck. You could say that bears lumber, to suggest their awkward gait. And the elephant lumbering up the muddy hill also suggests the heavy awkward movement. And sometimes when you walk in a clumsy and ungraceful manner you are lumbering too!

I know, that’s not so funny!

The word lumber when used as a noun means wood that has been cut into various lengths for different building purposes. It means the same as timber.

A lumberjack is a person who cuts down trees. And, if you are lumbered with something, then it means you are burdened with something. For eg: She did not want to be lumbered with the job of cleaning up after the party. A lot to do with the word lumber!

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