[ pluhmp ]
/ plʌmp /

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.

Origin of plump

1475–85; earlier plompe dull, rude < Middle Dutch plomp blunt, not pointed; cognate with Middle Low German plump
Related formsplump·ly, adverbplump·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for plumpness (1 of 3)


/ (plʌmp) /


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


(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

British Dictionary definitions for plumpness (2 of 3)

Word Origin for plump

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

British Dictionary definitions for plumpness (3 of 3)


/ (plʌmp) /


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

Word Origin for plump

C15: of uncertain origin
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