plump

1
[pluhmp]

adjective, plump·er, plump·est.

well filled out or rounded in form; somewhat fleshy or fat.

verb (used without object)

to become plump (often followed by up or out).

verb (used with object)

to make plump (often followed by up or out): to plump up the sofa pillows.

Nearby words

  1. plummet,
  2. plummy,
  3. plumose,
  4. plumosely,
  5. plumosity,
  6. plumpen,
  7. plumper,
  8. plumpish,
  9. plumpness,
  10. plumulaceous

Origin of plump

1
1475–85; earlier plompe dull, rude < Middle Dutch plomp blunt, not pointed; cognate with Middle Low German plump

Related formsplump·ly, adverbplump·ness, noun

plump

2
[pluhmp]

verb (used without object)

to drop or fall heavily or suddenly; come down abruptly or with direct impact.
Chiefly British. to vote exclusively for one candidate in an election, instead of distributing or splitting one's votes among a number.

verb (used with object)

to drop or throw heavily or suddenly (often followed by down): He plumped himself down and fell asleep.
to utter or say bluntly (often followed by out): She plumps out the truth at the oddest times.
to praise or extol: road signs plumping the delights of a new candy bar.

noun

a heavy or sudden fall.
the sound resulting from such a fall.

adverb

with a heavy or sudden fall or drop.
directly or bluntly, as in speaking.
in a vertical direction; straight down.
with sudden encounter.
with direct impact.

adjective

direct; downright; blunt.

Verb Phrases

plump for, to support enthusiastically; be wholeheartedly in favor of: to plump for a team.

Origin of plump

2
1300–50; Middle English plumpen (v.), cognate with Dutch plompen; probably imitative

plump

3
[pluhmp]

noun Chiefly British Dialect.

a group or cluster.
a flock: a plump of ducks.

Origin of plump

3
1375–1425; late Middle English plumpe < ?

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British Dictionary definitions for plump

plump

1

adjective

well filled out or rounded; fleshy or chubbya plump turkey
bulging, as with contents; fulla plump wallet
(of amounts of money) generous; amplea plump cheque

verb

(often foll by up or out) to make or become plumpto plump up a pillow
Derived Formsplumply, adverbplumpness, noun

Word Origin for plump

C15 (meaning: dull, rude), C16 (in current senses): perhaps from Middle Dutch plomp dull, blunt

verb

(often foll by down, into, etc) to drop or fall suddenly and heavilyto plump down on the sofa
(intr foll by for) to give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number

noun

a heavy abrupt fall or the sound of this

adverb

suddenly or heavilyhe ran plump into the old lady
straight down; directlythe helicopter landed plump in the middle of the field

adjective, adverb

in a blunt, direct, or decisive manner

Word Origin for plump

C14: probably of imitative origin; compare Middle Low German plumpen, Middle Dutch plompen

noun

archaic, or dialect a group of people, animals, or things; troop; cluster

Word Origin for plump

C15: of uncertain origin

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