from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Silence.
  • interj. Silence; hush
  • adj. Silent; glum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. Silence; hush.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Silence: also used as an exclamation to command silence.
  • Silent; glum.
  • An obsolete or dialectal preterit of climb.
  • To handle roughly.
  • To clutch.


From Middle English clum, clom ("silence"), perhaps for *clomen (“stiff, numb”), past participle of *cleomen ("to be stiff"; compare Middle English acleomen ("to be stiff")), related to Middle English clumsen, clomsen ("to be stiff, be numb"), Dutch kleumen ("to be stiff from cold"); or perhaps representing Old English clom, clam, clamm ("band, bond, fetter, chain, grip, grasp"). More at clam. (Wiktionary)


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