- 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 clumpy
Their clumpy heads blend ill with the spiry tops of the juniors.Woodland Gleanings
This causes it to be clumpy — that is, not straight like most wild roots.Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants
A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
The lips and cheeks bristled with that kind of hard, clumpy beard which old priests have who have always shaved themselves.L-bas
J. K. Huysmans
- 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 clumpy
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.