H h


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [heep]
    • /hip/
    • /hiːps/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [heep]
    • /hip/

Definitions of heaps word

  • noun heaps a group of things placed, thrown, or lying one on another; pile: a heap of stones. 1
  • noun heaps Informal. a great quantity or number; multitude: a heap of people. 1
  • noun heaps Slang. an automobile, especially a dilapidated one. 1
  • verb with object heaps to gather, put, or cast in a heap; pile (often followed by up, on, together, etc.). 1
  • verb with object heaps to accumulate or amass (often followed by up or together): to heap up riches. 1
  • verb with object heaps to give, assign, or bestow in great quantity; load (often followed by on or upon): to heap blessings upon someone; to heap someone with work. 1

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Origin of heaps

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; 1925-30 for def 3; Middle English heep, Old English hēap; cognate with Dutch hoop, Old High German houf; akin to German Haufe

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Parts of speech for Heaps


heaps popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for heaps

adverb heaps

  • tons — a unit of weight, equivalent to 2000 pounds (0.907 metric ton) avoirdupois (short ton) in the U.S. and 2240 pounds (1.016 metric tons) avoirdupois (long ton) in Great Britain.
  • much — great in quantity, measure, or degree: too much cake.
  • miles — Also called statute mile. a unit of distance on land in English-speaking countries equal to 5280 feet, or 1760 yards (1.609 kilometers).

adjective heaps

  • multitudinous — forming a multitude or great number; existing, occurring, or present in great numbers; very numerous.
  • mega — Extremely.
  • loads — anything put in or on something for conveyance or transportation; freight; cargo: The truck carried a load of watermelons.
  • numberless — innumerable; countless; myriad.
  • no end — the last part or extremity, lengthwise, of anything that is longer than it is wide or broad: the end of a street; the end of a rope.

noun heaps

  • lots — a river in S France, flowing W to the Garonne. 300 miles (480 km) long.
  • masses — the celebration of the Eucharist. Compare High Mass, Low Mass.
  • piles — a hemorrhoid.

pronoun heaps

  • a lot — lot (def 14).

Antonyms for heaps

verb heaps

  • decreases — Plural form of decrease.
  • divides — Separate or be separated into parts.
  • uses — to employ for some purpose; put into service; make use of: to use a knife.

noun heaps

  • debts — Plural form of debt.
  • ditches — Plural form of ditch.
  • needs — of necessity; necessarily (usually preceded or followed by must): It must needs be so. It needs must be.
  • ones — being or amounting to a single unit or individual or entire thing, item, or object rather than two or more; a single: one woman; one nation; one piece of cake.
  • parts — a portion or division of a whole that is separate or distinct; piece, fragment, fraction, or section; constituent: the rear part of the house; to glue the two parts together.

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