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clump

[kluhmp] /klʌmp/
noun
1.
a small, close group or cluster, especially of trees or other plants.
2.
a lump or mass.
3.
a heavy, thumping step, sound, etc.
4.
Immunology. a cluster of agglutinated bacteria, red blood cells, etc.
5.
a thick extra sole on a shoe.
verb (used without object)
6.
Also, clomp. to walk heavily and clumsily.
7.
Immunology. to gather or be gathered into clumps; agglutinate.
verb (used with object)
8.
to gather or form into a clump; mass.
Origin of clump
1580-1590
1580-90; akin to Dutch klompe lump, mass, Old English clympre lump of metal
Related forms
clumpy, clumpish, clumplike, adjective
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Examples from the Web for clumped
Historical Examples
  • He made no noise himself, but Rectus and I clumped a good deal.

    A Jolly Fellowship Frank R. Stockton
  • And then I clumped more slowly, studying the surface of the asteroid.

    The Risk Profession Donald Edwin Westlake
  • He forgot noon-hunger, and clumped through the rain to the garage.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • The vehicles were clumped, or, more likely, corralled upon the plain.

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • Jimmie Sullivan had clumped over to Aunt Jane, carrying his carnation.

    Aunt Jane Jennette Lee
  • They clumped up to the bridge, Stan edging in ahead of O'Malley.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • The astro-navigator, his face white, clumped toward the galley.

    Planet of the Gods Robert Moore Williams
  • He hugged his fiddle once more, and clumped down into the street.

    The Hole in the Wall

    Arthur Morrison
  • Scrub Weston, said the foreman as he clumped down the veranda steps.

  • They looked a lot when they clumped together, which was not often.

    A Tatter of Scarlet S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for clumped

clump

/klʌmp/
noun
1.
a cluster, as of trees or plants
2.
a dull heavy tread or any similar sound
3.
an irregular mass: a clump of hair or earth
4.
an inactive mass of microorganisms, esp a mass of bacteria produced as a result of agglutination
5.
an extra sole on a shoe
6.
(slang) a blow
verb
7.
(intransitive) to walk or tread heavily
8.
to gather or be gathered into clumps, clusters, clots, etc
9.
to cause (bacteria, blood cells, etc) to collect together or (of bacteria, etc) to collect together
10.
(transitive) (slang) to punch (someone)
Derived Forms
clumpy, adjective
clumpiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English clympe; related to Middle Dutch klampe heap of hay, Middle Low German klampeclamp², Swedish klimp small lump
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Word Origin and History for clumped

clump

n.

1580s, "lump; cluster of trees," from Middle English clompe "a lump" (c.1300), from Dutch klomp "lump, mass," or Middle Low German klumpe "clog, wooden shoe." Old English had clympre "lump, mass of metal."

clump

v.2

"walk heavily," 1660s, imitative. Related: Clumped; clumping.

clump

v.1

"to heap or gather in clumps" (transitive), 1824, from clump (n.). Related: Clumped; clumping. Intransitive sense "to form a clump or clumps" is recorded from 1896.

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