American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British A large baggy umbrella.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large umbrella: said to be so called from Mrs. Gamp, a character in Charles Dickens's novel “Martin Chuzzlewit.”
- To eat greedily; gulp down.
- n. UK, dated An umbrella.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A large umbrella; -- said to allude to Mrs. Gamp's umbrella, in Dickens's “Martin Chuzzlewit.”
- n. colloquial terms for an umbrella
- After Mrs Sarah Gamp, a character who carried a large umbrella in Charles Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit. (Wiktionary)
- After the umbrella of Mrs. Sarah Gamp, a character in the novel Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The moment, however, a step on the stair was heard, he snatched up hat and gamp, and in two-twos was outside the door of the flat.”
“A fellow dived on him, grabbing his wrist, the squawking woman was belabouring me with her gamp, Joe was hurling his attacker aside … but by that time I was going through the dining section like Springheeled Jack, sending a table flying as I plunged through the kitchen door.”
“A fellow dived on him, grabbing his wrist, the squawking woman was belabouring me with her gamp, Joe was hurling his attacker aside ... but by that time I was going through the dining section like Springheeled Jack, sending a table flying as I plunged through the kitchen door.”
“I hopped aboard an empty Frog ammunition cart going back to Sinho, spied Grant's marker by a covered wagon, and strolled up to report, swinging my gamp.”
“The carriages were inside, and as the first wagon followed with its wailing occupants-all but Aphrodite, who was thrashing the tail-board with the remains of her gamp, in a fine berserk fury still-I hurried through the gates.”
“I egged her on, and we got her into the long coat, and adjusted the broad-brimmed bonnet and veil, and I jammed the shoes on her feet, and gloved her, and stuck the gamp in her hand -- and when she managed to stand, leaning against the table, she looked as much like the outward picture of a lady as made no odds.”
“Gus's conceit one by one, until he felt very much like a damp, damaged gamp, and about as helpless.”
““Shut that door, and put your gamp away and come here, damn you.””
“Well, yesterday we had a quaint old bird calling at the Station - Gladstone sort of collar, whiskery bits, four-in-hand tie, cotton gloves, square-crowned bowler, big green gamp - all complete.”
“You kicked yourself because you hadn't taken your mother's advice and brought a gamp.”
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