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clump

[kluhmp] /klʌmp/
noun
1.
a small, close group or cluster, especially of trees or other plants.
2.
a lump or mass.
3.
a heavy, thumping step, sound, etc.
4.
Immunology. a cluster of agglutinated bacteria, red blood cells, etc.
5.
a thick extra sole on a shoe.
verb (used without object)
6.
Also, clomp. to walk heavily and clumsily.
7.
Immunology. to gather or be gathered into clumps; agglutinate.
verb (used with object)
8.
to gather or form into a clump; mass.
Origin of clump
1580-1590
1580-90; akin to Dutch klompe lump, mass, Old English clympre lump of metal
Related forms
clumpy, clumpish, clumplike, adjective
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Examples from the Web for clumpy
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  • The lips and cheeks bristled with that kind of hard, clumpy beard which old priests have who have always shaved themselves.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • Their clumpy heads blend ill with the spiry tops of the juniors.

    Woodland Gleanings Charles Tilt
  • This causes it to be clumpy — that is, not straight like most wild roots.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
British Dictionary definitions for clumpy

clump

/klʌmp/
noun
1.
a cluster, as of trees or plants
2.
a dull heavy tread or any similar sound
3.
an irregular mass: a clump of hair or earth
4.
an inactive mass of microorganisms, esp a mass of bacteria produced as a result of agglutination
5.
an extra sole on a shoe
6.
(slang) a blow
verb
7.
(intransitive) to walk or tread heavily
8.
to gather or be gathered into clumps, clusters, clots, etc
9.
to cause (bacteria, blood cells, etc) to collect together or (of bacteria, etc) to collect together
10.
(transitive) (slang) to punch (someone)
Derived Forms
clumpy, adjective
clumpiness, noun
Word Origin
Old English clympe; related to Middle Dutch klampe heap of hay, Middle Low German klampeclamp², Swedish klimp small lump
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Word Origin and History for clumpy
adj.

1820, from clump (n.) + -y (2). Also noted 1881 in an Isle of Wight glossary as a noun meaning "a stupid fellow." Related: Clumpily; clumpiness. Cf. also clumperton "clown, clodhopper" (1530s).

clump

n.

1580s, "lump; cluster of trees," from Middle English clompe "a lump" (c.1300), from Dutch klomp "lump, mass," or Middle Low German klumpe "clog, wooden shoe." Old English had clympre "lump, mass of metal."

v.

"to heap or gather in clumps" (transitive), 1824, from clump (n.). Related: Clumped; clumping. Intransitive sense "to form a clump or clumps" is recorded from 1896.

"walk heavily," 1660s, imitative. Related: Clumped; clumping.

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