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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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