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clem

[klem] /klɛm/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), clemmed, clemming. British Dialect
1.
to starve.
Origin of clem
1530-1540
1530-40; akin to Middle English forclemmed (past participle) pinched with hunger, Old English beclemman to fetter

Clem

[klem] /klɛm/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Clement.
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  • She trusted clem the most of us all, I know, and she had good reason to do so, for he was and is very trustworthy.

    Peterkin Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • clem also felt under the weather, and besides was growing homesick.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • clem came soft-footedly with a branching candelabra, which he placed on the round-topped old table by which she had been sitting.

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
  • clem here told Prof. he did not care to stay with us any longer.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • The cage rose for the third time, bearing clem Swinton, unconscious like his comrades, but clearly in better case.

    The Boy With the U.S. Miners Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Then mamma told us—or me; I think clem had heard it already—about Margaret.

    Peterkin Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • The fate decreed and overhanging clem had been concealed from her.

    Shining Ferry Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • But it isn't so,” cried the girls in frantic whispers, “what clem says.

  • And Uncle clem turned to all the other dolls as he asked the question.

    Raggedy Andy Stories Johnny Gruelle
  • Because you're forever having your own way,” said clem; “I'll tell you.

British Dictionary definitions for clem

clem

/klɛm/
verb clems, clemming, clemmed, clams, clamming, clammed
1.
(when transitive, usually passive) (English, dialect) to be hungry or cause to be hungry
Word Origin
C16: of Germanic origin; related to Dutch, German klemmen to pinch, cramp; compare Old English beclemman to shut in
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Slang definitions & phrases for clem

clem

noun

A fight between show people and the local citizenry: It'd start a clem, with me in the middle

verb

To disperse rioting customers at a circus or carnival (1920s+ Circus & carnival)

Clem

interjection

A cry used by circus people to rally forces in a fight with townspeople

noun

  1. A small-town resident; rural person, esp one who is easily duped
  2. An inhabitant of the place where the circus is playing (1920s+ Circus)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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