clem

[ klem ]
/ klɛm /

verb (used with or without object), clemmed, clem·ming. British Dialect.

to starve.

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Origin of clem

1530–40; akin to Middle English forclemmed (past participle) pinched with hunger, Old English beclemman to fetter

Definition for clem (2 of 2)

Clem
[ klem ]
/ klɛm /

noun

a male given name, form of Clement.
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clem

clam

/ (klɛm) /

verb clems, clemming, clemmed, clams, clamming or clammed

(when tr, usually passive) English dialect to be hungry or cause to be hungry

Word Origin for clem

C16: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch, German klemmen to pinch, cramp; compare Old English beclemman to shut in
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