kemp

1 [kemp]
noun
1.
British Dialect.
a.
a strong, brave warrior.
b.
an athlete, especially a champion.
c.
a professional fighter.
d.
an impetuous or roguish young man.
2.
Scot. and North England. a contest, as between two athletes or two groups of workers, especially a reaping contest between farmworkers.
verb (used without object)
3.
Scot. and North England. to contest, fight, or strive, especially to strive in a reaping contest.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English kempe, Old English cempa; cognate with Old Frisian kempa, kampa, Middle Dutch, Middle Low German kemp(e), Old High German chemp(i)o; ultimately < West Germanic, perhaps through Latin campiō; see champion

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kemp

2 [kemp]
noun
a short, coarse, brittle fiber, used chiefly in the manufacture of carpets.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English kempe coarse (said of hair); akin to Old English cenep mustache, bristly object, Old Norse kampr mustache, cat's whiskers

kempy, adjective

Kemp

[kemp]
noun
1.
Jack F. 1935–2009, U.S. politician: congressman 1970–89.
2.
a male given name.
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kemp (kɛmp)
 
n
a coarse hair or strand of hair, esp one in a fleece that resists dyeing
 
[C14: from Old Norse kampr beard, moustache]
 
'kempy
 
adj

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The crowd in the town, witnessing the pursuit, rally around kemp.
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