- a small, close group or cluster, especially of trees or other plants.
- a lump or mass
- a heavy, thumping step, sound, etc.
- Immunology. a cluster of agglutinated bacteria, red blood cells, etc.
- a thick extra sole on a shoe.
- Also clomp. to walk heavily and clumsily.
- Immunology. to gather or be gathered into clumps; agglutinate.
- to gather or form into a clump; mass.
Origin of clump
Examples from the Web for clumped
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
The vehicles were clumped, or, more likely, corralled upon the plain.The Wild Huntress
Jimmie Sullivan had clumped over to Aunt Jane, carrying his carnation.Aunt Jane
- a cluster, as of trees or plants
- a dull heavy tread or any similar sound
- an irregular massa clump of hair or earth
- an inactive mass of microorganisms, esp a mass of bacteria produced as a result of agglutination
- an extra sole on a shoe
- slang a blow
- (intr) to walk or tread heavily
- to gather or be gathered into clumps, clusters, clots, etc
- to cause (bacteria, blood cells, etc) to collect together or (of bacteria, etc) to collect together
- (tr) slang to punch (someone)
Word Origin and History for clumped
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."
"walk heavily," 1660s, imitative. Related: Clumped; clumping.
"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.