verb (used with or without object), clemmed, clem·ming. British Dialect.
- to starve.
Origin of clem
1530–40; akin to Middle English forclemmed (past participle) pinched with hunger, Old English beclemman to fetter
- a male given name, form of Clement.
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Examples from the Web for clem
Historical Examples of clem
He wouldna be touchit; not whin he was clem would he be tempted awa'.
Clem also felt under the weather, and besides was growing homesick.
Clem here told Prof. he did not care to stay with us any longer.
I cannot eat stones and turfs: say, what will he clem me and my followers?
Hard is the choice when the valiant must eat their arms or clem.
British Dictionary definitions for clem
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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