- British Dialect.
- a strong, brave warrior.
- an athlete, especially a champion.
- a professional fighter.
- an impetuous or roguish young man.
- Scot. and North England. a contest, as between two athletes or two groups of workers, especially a reaping contest between farmworkers.
- Scot. and North England. to contest, fight, or strive, especially to strive in a reaping contest.
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
- a short, coarse, brittle fiber, used chiefly in the manufacture of carpets.
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
- Jack F.,1935–2009, U.S. politician: congressman 1970–89.
- a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for kemp
The police learned that Kemp worked in a grocery on Decatur Avenue.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
The investigation is ongoing, but Kemp has yet to make public any evidence of widespread fraud by the group.50,000 Missing Georgia Voter-Registration Applications? Nothing to See Here
October 30, 2014
But Kemp belongs to a different time, and that time has now been long in passing.Can Rand Bring Blacks Back to the GOP?
July 18, 2014
Kemp, Mix, and the other white players put their careers on the line, as did the African-American players.Should the Clippers Just Quit? Lessons From 1965’s Football Strike Against Jim Crow
April 29, 2014
As I left with an agitated employer, Kemp encouraged me to reach out to him if I wanted to get to know him better.Jack Kemp 2016: The Case for Paul Ryan
December 13, 2013
Kemp, the clown of his company, knew her, and dedicated a book to her rather familiarly.The Man Shakespeare
"Handsome is as handsome does," replied Mrs. Kemp, ominously.
Harry looked his thanks to Mrs. Kemp for coming to his rescue so timely.
"It is not so very wonderful, but very natural," responded Mrs. Kemp, warmly.
The shock had been terrible to both Mrs. Kemp and Harry Kendal, and oh!
- a coarse hair or strand of hair, esp one in a fleece that resists dyeing
C14: from Old Norse kampr beard, moustache