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[samp] /sæmp/
noun, Northeastern U.S.
coarsely ground corn.
a porridge made of it.
Origin of samp
1635-45, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) nasàump cornmeal mush (cognate with Munsee Delaware nsá·pa·n < Proto-Eastern Algonquian *nəhsa·pa·n) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But samp's practice didn't seem to fall off—it only changed.

    In Our Town William Allen White
  • That was the time when samp should have been grubbing at his law books, but nary a grub for him.

    In Our Town William Allen White
  • Hominy and samp and Indian meal, when well cooked, are all most palatable.

  • So saying, she sprang into the carriage, and samp drove off.

    The Home at Greylock Elizabeth Prentiss
  • Would a haunch of venison and a gallon of samp help Dagaeoga a little?

    The Masters of the Peaks Joseph A. Altsheler
  • When a cowpuncher got in trouble his folks in the East always gave samp a big fee to get the boy out, and he did it.

    In Our Town William Allen White
  • So samp kind of hitched up his ambition and took the slack out of his habits for a few months and went to the legislature.

    In Our Town William Allen White
  • He took a dish and gave me one spoonful of samp, and bid me take as much of the broth as I would.

  • Then I put some of the hot water to the samp, and drank it up, and my spirits came again.

  • As the samp commences to swell and the water dries out add more.

British Dictionary definitions for samp


(South African) crushed maize used for porridge
Word Origin
C17: from Narragenset nasaump softened by water
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