adjective Also plum.
adverb Also plum.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- plum pudding,
- plum tomato,
- plumb bob,
- plumb joint,
- plumb line,
- plumb rule,
Origin of plumb
Examples from the Web for plumb
He has no redeeming or (even complicating) qualities—no depths to plumb, no angles to survey, no gray areas to explore.Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding|Andrew Romano|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nearly 65 years after the fact, it's amazing how much of what we think we know about Britain's "finest" hour is just plumb wrong.Rethink Everything You Think You Know About World War II|David Frum|February 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In the “just plumb crazy” class, I put the business of his chaining his mug to the radiator to prevent its being stolen.
She believes her illness has bestowed on her a single-mindedness that causes her to plumb the same waters again and again.
Her companions stuck to the side of the road, but Suu Kyi walked into the middle, plumb in the line of fire.‘The Lady and the Peacock’: Peter Popham’s Biography Reveals the Real Aung San Suu Kyi|Peter Popham|March 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He was just plumb, downright, miserably hungry for ham and eggs.In Pawn|Ellis Parker Butler
There was no way to discover other than to plumb the abyss with his body.The Mad King|Edgar Rice Burroughs
"I was so flustered that I plumb forgot to be civil," he said.We Were There at the Oklahoma Land Run|James Arthur Kjelgaard
It will be just like 'Specs,' if it is a still night, to drop a plumb line and check himself.L. P. M.|J. Stewart Barney
There's nothing th' matter with his eyesight, but he's plumb locoed, all th' same.Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up|Clarence Edward Mulford
adjective Also: plum
adverb Also: plum
Word Origin for plumb
"lead hung on a string to show the vertical line," early 14c., from Old French *plombe, plomee "sounding lead," and directly from Late Latin *plumba, originally plural of Latin plumbum "lead (the metal), lead ball; pipe; pencil," a word of unknown origin, related to Greek molybdos "lead" (dialectal bolimos) and perhaps from an extinct Mediterranean language, perhaps Iberian.
early 15c., "to sink" (like lead), from plumb (n.). Meaning "take soundings with a plumb" is first recorded 1560s; figurative sense of "to get to the bottom of" is from 1590s. Related: Plumbed; plumbing.
"perpendicular, vertical," mid-15c., from plumb (n.). The notion of "exact measurement" led to extended sense of "completely, downright" (1748), sometimes spelled plump, plum, or plunk.