Meaning of PLUMP in English


I. ˈpləmp verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English plumpen, of imitative origin

intransitive verb

1. : to drop, fall, sink, or come in contact with suddenly or heavily

plumped to her knees in front of the fire

plumping down with a sigh


a. chiefly Britain : to vote for only one candidate in an election in which one is entitled to vote for two or more

b. : to come out strongly in favor of something : support a point of view, aim, party, or person vigorously or as a partisan — used with for

plumped for a third party ticket

ready to plump for any scheme that would improve the school system

3. : to come or go or arrive or depart suddenly, unexpectedly, or energetically

plumped out of the house in a huff

plumped down in this little town on a quiet Sunday

transitive verb

1. : to drop, cast, plunge, or place all at once, suddenly and heavily, or with accurate firmness and an effect of determination

plumping stones into the water

washed and dressed the baby and plumped him into his high chair

2. : to utter (as an opinion) suddenly or abruptly : blurt out

3. : to make favorable mention of : give support and favorable publicity to

newspaper ads plump the virtues of the Russian-built … car — Newsweek

II. adverb

1. : with a sudden or heavy drop : suddenly and heavily

fell plump into the river

2. : straight down : vertically , perpendicularly ; also : straight ahead : directly in front

there was the deer plump in our path

3. : without hesitation, circumlocution, or concealment : bluntly , flatly , directly , unqualifiedly

came out plump for a lower tariff

III. noun

( -s )

: an act of falling, plunging, or striking abruptly or heavily : a sudden plunge, heavy fall, or blow

gave a plump of his fist against the door

also : the sound made by such an act

fell into the brook with a plump

IV. adjective

1. : descending or facing directly

2. : done or made suddenly and without reservation : blunt , direct , unqualified

3. : paid at one time

V. “, ˈplu̇mp noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English plumpe

1. chiefly dialect : cluster , group , clump

2. : a flock of waterfowl

a plump of ducks

VI. ˈpləmp adjective

( -er/-est )

Etymology: Middle Dutch plomp, plump dull, blunt, stupid


a. : having ample flesh : showing rounded, buxom, and usually pleasing fullness

a woman of medium height, a little plump but not fat — Mary McCarthy

the plump figure and portly waist … of a genial and humorous man — J.R.Green

b. : marked by a full rounded form

plump cushions with bright covers — Blanche E. Baughan

secret thickets where the plumpest beach plums ripen — Phyllis Duganne

the wind … having driven plump golden clouds across the sky — Rebecca West

2. : marked by amplitude, abundance, or richness

what a plump endowment to the … mouth of a prelate — John Milton

the book is plump with examples and citations — C.W.Collins

Synonyms: see fat

VII. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

: to cause to fill or swell out : fatten , distend

intransitive verb

: to fill or swell out : become fattened or distended

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