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kemp

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[ kemp ]
/ kɛmp /
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noun
British Dialect.
  1. a strong, brave warrior.
  2. an athlete, especially a champion.
  3. a professional fighter.
  4. 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.
verb (used without object)
Scot. and North England. to contest, fight, or strive, especially to strive in a reaping contest.
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Origin of kemp

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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

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Other definitions for kemp (2 of 3)

kemp2
[ kemp ]
/ kɛmp /

noun
a short, coarse, brittle fiber, used chiefly in the manufacture of carpets.

Origin of kemp

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

OTHER WORDS FROM kemp

kempy, adjective

Other definitions for kemp (3 of 3)

Kemp
[ kemp ]
/ kɛmp /

noun
Jack F., 1935–2009, U.S. politician: congressman 1970–89.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for kemp

kemp
/ (kɛmp) /

noun
a coarse hair or strand of hair, esp one in a fleece that resists dyeing

Derived forms of kemp

kempy, adjective

Word Origin for kemp

C14: from Old Norse kampr beard, moustache
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