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plump1

[pluhmp] /plʌmp/
adjective, plumper, plumpest.
1.
well filled out or rounded in form; somewhat fleshy or fat.
verb (used without object)
2.
to become plump (often followed by up or out).
verb (used with object)
3.
to make plump (often followed by up or out):
to plump up the sofa pillows.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; earlier plompe dull, rude < Middle Dutch plomp blunt, not pointed; cognate with Middle Low German plump
Related forms
plumply, adverb
plumpness, noun
Synonyms
1. portly, round. See stout. 2, 3. fatten.
Antonyms
1. thin.

plump2

[pluhmp] /plʌmp/
verb (used without object)
1.
to drop or fall heavily or suddenly; come down abruptly or with direct impact.
2.
Chiefly British. to vote exclusively for one candidate in an election, instead of distributing or splitting one's votes among a number.
verb (used with object)
3.
to drop or throw heavily or suddenly (often followed by down):
He plumped himself down and fell asleep.
4.
to utter or say bluntly (often followed by out):
She plumps out the truth at the oddest times.
5.
to praise or extol:
road signs plumping the delights of a new candy bar.
noun
6.
a heavy or sudden fall.
7.
the sound resulting from such a fall.
adverb
8.
with a heavy or sudden fall or drop.
9.
directly or bluntly, as in speaking.
10.
in a vertical direction; straight down.
11.
with sudden encounter.
12.
with direct impact.
adjective
13.
direct; downright; blunt.
Verb phrases
14.
plump for, to support enthusiastically; be wholeheartedly in favor of:
to plump for a team.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English plumpen (v.), cognate with Dutch plompen; probably imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for plump out

plump1

/plʌmp/
adjective
1.
well filled out or rounded; fleshy or chubby a plump turkey
2.
bulging, as with contents; full a plump wallet
3.
(of amounts of money) generous; ample a plump cheque
verb
4.
often foll by up or out. to make or become plump to plump up a pillow
Derived Forms
plumply, adverb
plumpness, noun
Word Origin
C15 (meaning: dull, rude), C16 (in current senses): perhaps from Middle Dutch plomp dull, blunt

plump2

/plʌmp/
verb
1.
often foll by down, into, etc. to drop or fall suddenly and heavily to plump down on the sofa
2.
(intransitive) foll by for. to give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number
noun
3.
a heavy abrupt fall or the sound of this
adverb
4.
suddenly or heavily he ran plump into the old lady
5.
straight down; directly the helicopter landed plump in the middle of the field
adjective, adverb
6.
in a blunt, direct, or decisive manner
Word Origin
C14: probably of imitative origin; compare Middle Low German plumpen, Middle Dutch plompen

plump3

/plʌmp/
noun
1.
(archaic or dialect) a group of people, animals, or things; troop; cluster
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for plump out
plump
1481, "blunt, dull" (in manners), from Du. plomp "blunt, thick, massive, stumpy," probably related to plompen "fall or drop heavily" (see plump (v.)). Meaning "fleshy, of rounded form" is from 1545.
plump
c.1300, "to fall or strike with a full impact," from M.Du. plompen, or M.L.G. plumpen, probably of imitative origin. Meaning "to plump (something) up, to cause to swell" is first recorded 1533, from the adj.
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Slang definitions & phrases for plump out

plump

adverb

Precisely; exactly; squarely; smack

[1734+; fr plumb]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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