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[kemp]
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noun
  1. British Dialect.
    1. a strong, brave warrior.
    2. an athlete, especially a champion.
    3. a professional fighter.
    4. an impetuous or roguish young man.
  2. Scot. and North England. a contest, as between two athletes or two groups of workers, especially a reaping contest between farmworkers.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Scot. and North England. to contest, fight, or strive, especially to strive in a reaping contest.
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Origin of kemp1

before 900; Middle English kempe, Old English cempa; cognate with Old Frisian kempa, kampa, Middle Dutch, Middle Low German kemp(e), Old High German chemp(i)o; ultimately < West Germanic, perhaps through Latin campiō; see champion

kemp2

[kemp]
noun
  1. a short, coarse, brittle fiber, used chiefly in the manufacture of carpets.
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Origin of kemp2

1350–1400; Middle English kempe coarse (said of hair); akin to Old English cenep mustache, bristly object, Old Norse kampr mustache, cat's whiskers
Related formskemp·y, adjective

Kemp

[kemp]
noun
  1. Jack F.,1935–2009, U.S. politician: congressman 1970–89.
  2. a male given name.
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  • Kemp, the clown of his company, knew her, and dedicated a book to her rather familiarly.

  • "Handsome is as handsome does," replied Mrs. Kemp, ominously.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • Harry looked his thanks to Mrs. Kemp for coming to his rescue so timely.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • "It is not so very wonderful, but very natural," responded Mrs. Kemp, warmly.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • The shock had been terrible to both Mrs. Kemp and Harry Kendal, and oh!

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy

    Laura Jean Libbey


British Dictionary definitions for kemp

kemp

noun
  1. a coarse hair or strand of hair, esp one in a fleece that resists dyeing
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Derived Formskempy, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old Norse kampr beard, moustache
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