Meaning of “heap” in the English Dictionary

"heap" in British English

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heapnoun [ C ]

uk /hiːp/ us /hiːp/

C2 an untidy pile or mass of things:

a heap of clothes/rubbish

More examples

  • Put the vegetable peelings on the compost heap.
  • Her belongings were scattered in various heaps around the room.
  • The bullet hit him and he crumpled into a heap on the floor.
  • There was an enormous heap of junk mail lying on the doormat when we got back.
  • She raked up all the fallen leaves into a heap.

heapverb [ T + adv/prep ]

uk /hiːp/ us /hiːp/

(Definition of “heap” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"heap" in American English

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heapnoun [ C ]

us /hip/

a messy pile of things:

A heap of dirty laundry lay at the foot of his bed.
a heap of/heaps of something infml

A heap of/heaps of something is a lot of it:

Isako is making heaps of money now that she’s in business for herself.

heapverb [ T ]

us /hip/

to put things in a pile:

They heaped their plates with food.

(Definition of “heap” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)