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noun Northeastern U.S.
  1. coarsely ground corn.
  2. a porridge made of it.
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Origin of samp

1635–45, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) nasàump cornmeal mush (cognate with Munsee Delaware nsá·pa·n < Proto-Eastern Algonquian *nəhsa·pa·n)
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Related Words

oatmeal, gruel, polenta, porridge, cereal, hominy, mush, grout, frumenty, loblolly, pottage, burgoo, samp, crowdie

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Historical Examples

  • But Samp's practice didn't seem to fall off—it only changed.

    In Our Town

    William Allen White

  • That was the time when Samp should have been grubbing at his law books, but nary a grub for him.

    In Our Town

    William Allen White

  • Hominy and samp and Indian meal, when well cooked, are all most palatable.

  • So saying, she sprang into the carriage, and Samp drove off.

    The Home at Greylock

    Elizabeth Prentiss

  • Would a haunch of venison and a gallon of samp help Dagaeoga a little?

    The Masters of the Peaks

    Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for samp


  1. Southern African crushed maize used for porridge
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Word Origin

C17: from Narragenset nasaump softened by water
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