clump

[kluhmp]

noun

verb (used without object)

Also clomp. to walk heavily and clumsily.
Immunology. to gather or be gathered into clumps; agglutinate.

verb (used with object)

to gather or form into a clump; mass.

Nearby words

  1. clued-up,
  2. clueless,
  3. cluj,
  4. cluj-napoca,
  5. clumber spaniel,
  6. clumperton,
  7. clumping,
  8. clumpy,
  9. clumsy,
  10. clunes

Origin of clump

1580–90; akin to Dutch klompe lump, mass, Old English clympre lump of metal

Related formsclump·y, clump·ish, clump·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for clump

clump

noun

a cluster, as of trees or plants
a dull heavy tread or any similar sound
an irregular massa clump of hair or earth
an inactive mass of microorganisms, esp a mass of bacteria produced as a result of agglutination
an extra sole on a shoe
slang a blow

verb

(intr) to walk or tread heavily
to gather or be gathered into clumps, clusters, clots, etc
to cause (bacteria, blood cells, etc) to collect together or (of bacteria, etc) to collect together
(tr) slang to punch (someone)
Derived Formsclumpy, adjectiveclumpiness, noun

Word Origin for clump

Old English clympe; related to Middle Dutch klampe heap of hay, Middle Low German klampe clamp ², Swedish klimp small lump

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