American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Well-rounded and full in form; chubby. See Synonyms at fat.
- adj. Abundant; ample: a plump reward.
- v. To make well-rounded or full in form: plumped up the pillows.
- v. To become well-rounded, chubby, or full in form: The baby plumped out at three months.
- v. To drop abruptly or heavily: plumped into the easy chair.
- v. To give full support or praise: plumped for the candidate throughout the state.
- v. To throw down or drop (something) abruptly or heavily: plumped the books onto the table.
- n. A heavy or abrupt fall or collision.
- n. The sound of a heavy fall or collision.
- adj. Blunt; direct.
- adv. With a heavy or abrupt drop: The anchor fell plump into the sea.
- adv. With a full or sudden impact: walked plump into the pole.
- adv. Directly: ran plump into an old friend.
- adv. Without qualification; bluntly: spoke out plump for the tax bill.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full and well-rounded; hence,of a person, fleshy; fat; chubby: as, a plump figure; a plump habit of body; of things, filled out and distended; rounded: as, a plump seed.
- Figuratively, round; fat; large; full.
- Dry; hard.
- n. A knot; a cluster; a group; a clump; a number of persons, animals, or things closely united or standing together; a covey.
- To grow plump; enlarge to fullness; swell.
- To make plump, full, or distended; extend to fullness; dilate; fatten.
- To plunge or fall like a heavy mass or lump of dead matter; fall suddenly.
- To vote for a single candidate, when one has the right to vote for two or more In British parliamentary and other elections, when there are more persons than one to be elected, a voter, while having the right to vote for as many candidates as there are vacancies, may cast a single vote for one only. He is then said to plump for that candidate. In British school-board elections the voting is cumulative; a voter may plump, by giving as many votes as there are vacancies to any one candidate, or he may distribute that number among the candidates in any way he chooses.
- To cause to fall suddenly and heavily: as, to plump a stone into water
- At once, as with a sudden heavy fall; suddenly; heavily; without warning or preparation; very unexpectedly; downright; right.
- Blunt; downright; unreserved; unqualified: as, a plump lie.
- n. A sudden heavy downfall of rain.
- v. intransitive To grow plump; to swell out; as, her cheeks have plumped.
- v. intransitive To drop or fall suddenly or heavily, all at once.
- v. intransitive To give a plumper.
- v. transitive To make plump; to fill (out) or support; often with up.
- v. transitive To cast or let drop all at once, suddenly and heavily; as, to plump a stone into water.
- v. transitive To give (a vote), as a plumper.
- adj. Having a full and rounded shape; chubby, somewhat overweight.
- adj. Fat.
- adv. Directly; suddenly; perpendicularly.
- n. obsolete A knot or cluster; a group; a crowd.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Well rounded or filled out; full; fleshy; fat.
- adj. Done or made plump, or suddenly and without reservation; blunt; unreserved; direct; downright.
- n. obsolete A knot; a cluster; a group; a crowd; a flock.
- v. To grow plump; to swell out.
- v. To drop or fall suddenly or heavily, all at once.
- v. To give a plumper. See Plumper, 2.
- v. To make plump; to fill (out) or support; -- often with
- v. To cast or let drop all at once, suddenly and heavily.
- v. To give (a vote), as a plumper. See Plumper, 2.
- adv. Directly; suddenly; perpendicularly.
- adv. straight down especially heavily or abruptly
- v. drop sharply
- n. the sound of a sudden heavy fall
- v. give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number
- adj. sufficiently fat so as to have a pleasing fullness of figure
- v. make fat or plump
- v. set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise
- Middle English, dull, probably from Middle Low German plomp, blunt, thick.Middle English plumpen, to immerse quickly, perhaps from Middle Low German, probably of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And running his eyes over those still standing on the bank, he called a plump little woman, the wife of a Llandaff tutor, who had been walking with Mrs. Hooper.”
“Look," he said, "on these fellows, that we call the plump Hollanders; behold their diligence in fishing, and our own careless negligence!”
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““O, slothful England and careless countrymen! look but on these fellows that we call the plump Hollanders!”
“There was a time when I was called plump Reuben,' quoth my friend, as we rode together up the winding track.”
“At the end of another six months the men called her plump, and the women fat.”
“That young lassie will get described as plump some day, if she doesn't take care.”
“Nancy, Polly and Peggy -- four blooming lasses of ages ranging from ten to fourteen, and bearing to each other so strong a family likeness that they may collectively be described as plump, fair, rosy, blue-eyed and brown-haired.”
“As one friend remembers, Denny had a personality "that could fill a room", but she was beset with insecurities about her appearance - she was devastated when a music journalist referred to her as "plump" - and her career was increasingly undermined by heavy drinking and drug use.”
“America leads the world in obesity, and while you might prefer the term pleasingly plump, that extra weight is overtaxing your heart and joints, hardening your arteries and inviting diabetes.”
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