Nearby words

  1. plum pudding,
  2. plum tomato,
  3. plumage,
  4. plumassier,
  5. plumate,
  6. plumb bob,
  7. plumb joint,
  8. plumb line,
  9. plumb rule,
  10. plumb-bob

Idioms

    out of/off plumb, not corresponding to the perpendicular; out of true.

Origin of plumb

1250–1300; Middle English plumbe, probably < Anglo-French *plombe < Vulgar Latin *plumba, for Latin plumbum lead

Related forms
Can be confusedplum plumb

Plumb

[ pluhm ]
/ plʌm /

noun

J(ohn) H(arold),1911–2001, British historian.
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British Dictionary definitions for plumb
Derived Formsplumbable, adjective

Word Origin for plumb

C13: from Old French plomb (unattested) lead line, from Old French plon lead, from Latin plumbum lead

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Word Origin and History for plumb
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