- an umbrella.
Origin of gamp
1860–65; after the umbrella of Mrs. Sarah Gamp in Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit
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Examples from the Web for gamp
Martin Chuzzlewit, the Dickens novel in which Mrs. Gamp appears, is not my favorite of his books by any means.My Imaginary Literary Friends
February 23, 2014
There is a person of the name of Gamp, sir—Mrs Gamp—ask her.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Mrs. Gamp then set in with a roar, which lasted until I had done.
If so, I feel secure about her, and of Mrs. Gamp I am certain.
A little dull, but not so bad as might be, Mrs. Gamp remarked.Dickensian Inns & Taverns
B. W. (Bertram Waldrom) Matz
Number one swung lourdily her midwife's bag, the other's gamp poked in the beach.Ulysses
- British informal an umbrella
C19: after Mrs Sarah Gamp, a nurse in Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit, who carried a faded cotton umbrella
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