from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • interjection obsolete Silence; hush.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Silence.
  • interjection obsolete Silence; hush
  • adjective Silent; glum.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.



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