Brum, Brum… here I come!

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

June 28, 2018 05:00 pm | Updated 05:00 pm IST

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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