- well filled out or rounded in form; somewhat fleshy or fat.
- to become plump (often followed by up or out).
- to make plump (often followed by up or out): to plump up the sofa pillows.
Origin of plump1
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- to drop or fall heavily or suddenly; come down abruptly or with direct impact.
- Chiefly British. to vote exclusively for one candidate in an election, instead of distributing or splitting one's votes among a number.
- to drop or throw heavily or suddenly (often followed by down): He plumped himself down and fell asleep.
- to utter or say bluntly (often followed by out): She plumps out the truth at the oddest times.
- to praise or extol: road signs plumping the delights of a new candy bar.
- a heavy or sudden fall.
- the sound resulting from such a fall.
- with a heavy or sudden fall or drop.
- directly or bluntly, as in speaking.
- in a vertical direction; straight down.
- with sudden encounter.
- with direct impact.
- direct; downright; blunt.
- plump for, to support enthusiastically; be wholeheartedly in favor of: to plump for a team.
Origin of plump2
- a group or cluster.
- a flock: a plump of ducks.
Origin of plump3
Examples from the Web for plump
Some juice spills out when one is sliced or bitten, but it isn't nearly as plump and oozy as a traditional link.The Texas Church of Beef
Jane & Michael Stern
April 27, 2014
There were a couple of black children on one of the floats, and a plump black tuba player marched with the high school band.‘The Land of the Permanent Wave’ Is Bud Shrake’s Classic Take on ‘60s Texas
February 2, 2014
Near its grounds, private gardens hang thick with bright orange tangerines and plump persimmons, the fruits of fall in Abkhazia.The Only Ballerinas In All Of Abkhazia
December 7, 2013
He wanted purity, docility, absolute devotion to her husband—and plump white arms.The Man Who Tried to Raise a Wife
April 19, 2013
His skin tone is made to look nearly jaundiced, contrasting with his pale, plump lips.Javier Bardem on Playing James Bond’s Latest Villain in ‘Skyfall’
November 8, 2012
Her hair, which hung about her plump shoulders, was a lovely golden brown.In the Midst of Alarms
It was a plump hand, with deep dimples and firm, short fingers.Tiverton Tales
She looked healthy, spoke kindly; her hands were plump and her fingers long.
Montigny had been an actor, and was plump and good-humoured.
As soon as I judged her safe in bed, I dropped the rat with a plump.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
- well filled out or rounded; fleshy or chubbya plump turkey
- bulging, as with contents; fulla plump wallet
- (of amounts of money) generous; amplea plump cheque
- (often foll by up or out) to make or become plumpto plump up a pillow
- (often foll by down, into, etc) to drop or fall suddenly and heavilyto plump down on the sofa
- (intr foll by for) to give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number
- a heavy abrupt fall or the sound of this
- suddenly or heavilyhe ran plump into the old lady
- straight down; directlythe helicopter landed plump in the middle of the field
- in a blunt, direct, or decisive manner
- archaic, or dialect a group of people, animals, or things; troop; cluster
Word Origin and History for plump
late 15c., "blunt, dull" (in manners), from Dutch plomp "blunt, thick, massive, stumpy," probably related to plompen "fall or drop heavily" (see plump (v.)). Meaning "fleshy, of rounded form" is from 1540s in English. Danish and Swedish plump "rude, coarse, clumsy" are from the Low German word and represent a different sense development.
c.1300, "to fall or strike with a full impact," common Low German word, from or related to Middle Dutch and Dutch plompen, East Frisian plumpen, Middle Low German plumpen, probably more or less imitative of something hard striking something soft. Hence plump (n.) "a firm blow," in pugilism usually one to the stomach.
To plump; to strike, or shoot. I'll give you a plump in the bread basket, or the victualling office; I'll give you a blow in the stomach. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
Or, even if any of them should suspect me, I know how to bring myself off. It is but pretending to be affronted, stripping directly, challenging him to fight, and before he can be on his guard, hitting him a plump in the bread-basket, that shall make him throw up his accounts; and I'll engage he will have but very little stomach to accuse me after. ["The Reverie: or A Flight to the Paradise of Fools," London, 1763]
"to become plump," 1530s, from plump (adj.). Meaning "to plump (something) up, to cause to swell" is from 1530s. Related: Plumped; plumping.