- a group of things placed, thrown, or lying one on another; pile: a heap of stones.
- Informal. a great quantity or number; multitude: a heap of people.
- Slang. an automobile, especially a dilapidated one.
verb (used with object)
- to gather, put, or cast in a heap; pile (often followed by up, on, together, etc.).
- to accumulate or amass (often followed by up or together): to heap up riches.
- 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.
- to load, supply, or fill abundantly: to heap a plate with food.
verb (used without object)
- to become heaped or piled, as sand or snow; rise in a heap or heaps (often followed by up).
- all of a heap, Informal.
- overwhelmed with astonishment; amazed: We were struck all of a heap upon hearing of their divorce.
- suddenly; abruptly: All of a heap the room was empty.
- a collection of articles or mass of material gathered together in one place
- (often plural usually foll by of) informal a large number or quantity
- give them heaps Australian slang to contend strenuously with an opposing sporting team
- give it heaps NZ slang to try very hard
- informal a place or thing that is very old, untidy, unreliable, etcthe car was a heap
- heaps (intensifier)he said he was feeling heaps better
- (often foll by up or together) to collect or be collected into or as if into a heap or pileto heap up wealth
- (tr; often foll by with, on, or upon) to load or supply (with) abundantlyto heap with riches
Old English heapian “collect, heap up, bring together;” from heap (n.). Related: Heaped; heaping. Cf. Old High German houfon “to heap.”
Old English heap “pile, great number, multitude” (of things or persons), from West Germanic *haupaz (cf. Old Saxon hop, Old Frisian hap, Middle Low German hupe, Dutch hoop, German Haufe “heap”), perhaps related to Old English heah “high.” Slang meaning “old car” is attested from 1924. As a characteristic word in American Indian English speech, “a lot, a great deal,” by 1832.