clem

[ klem ]
/ klɛm /
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verb (used with or without object), clemmed, clem·ming. British Dialect.

to starve.

Nearby words

  1. cleistocarpous,
  2. cleistogamous,
  3. cleistogamy,
  4. cleistothecium,
  5. cleland,
  6. clemastine fumarate,
  7. clematis,
  8. clemenceau,
  9. clemenceau, georges,
  10. clemency

Origin of clem

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

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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