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lumber

verb [I usually + adv/prep] uk   /ˈlʌm.bər/ us    /-bɚ/
to move slowly and awkwardly: In the distance, we could see a herd of elephants lumbering across the plain.
Phrasal verbs

lumber

noun [U] uk   /ˈlʌm.bər/ us    /-bɚ/ US ( UK timber)
C2 wood that has been prepared for building
Translations of “lumber”
in Spanish maderos, maderas, trasto…
in Arabic خَشَب البِناء…
in Korean 재목…
in Portuguese madeira…
in French bois de charpente, bric-à-brac…
in German das Bauholz, das Gerümpel…
in Catalan fusta…
in Japanese 材木…
in Chinese (Simplified) 缓慢笨拙地移动…
in Chinese (Traditional) 緩慢笨拙地移動…
in Italian legname…
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