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Topic: FORESTRY

Sense: 1
Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Perhaps from a Scandinavian language.
Sense: 2-3
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: LUMBER2

lumber

1 verb
     
lum‧ber1
1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to move in a slow, awkward way
lumber up/towards/into/along etc
They lumbered along slowly.
A blue bus lumbered past.
2 [transitive] informal to give someone a job or responsibility that they do not want
get/be lumbered with something
A career was less easy once I was lumbered with a husband and children.
3 [intransitive] American EnglishTAF to cut down trees in a large area and prepare them to be sold
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