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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A large baggy umbrella.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An umbrella.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large umbrella; -- said to allude to Mrs. Gamp's umbrella, in Dickens's “Martin Chuzzlewit.”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To eat greedily; gulp down.
  • n. A large umbrella: said to be so called from Mrs. Gamp, a character in Charles Dickens's novel “Martin Chuzzlewit.”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. colloquial terms for an umbrella

Etymologies

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)
After Mrs Sarah Gamp, a character who carried a large umbrella in Charles Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Two Tales of Old Strasbourg

  • 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.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • 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.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • 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.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • 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.

    Flashman and The Redskins

  • 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.

    Flash For Freedom

  • Gus's conceit one by one, until he felt very much like a damp, damaged gamp, and about as helpless.

    Acton's Feud A Public School Story

  • “Shut that door, and put your gamp away and come here, damn you.”

    Death of a Peer

  • 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.

    Have His Carcase

  • You kicked yourself because you hadn't taken your mother's advice and brought a gamp.

    A Dominie in Doubt

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  • A brolly has too light a stamp;
    A parasol will fail the damp.
    For a serious roof
    When you're on the hoof
    A bumbershoot should be your gamp.

    February 7, 2015

  • A gamp is a cloth that contains a set of color stripes in the warp that are crossed by a set of color stripes in the weft.

    "the colorful gamp that has matching warp and weft will be hemmed for a table runner"

    April 9, 2013

  • a large umbrella
    "We used my gamp as it poured on us on the way to our car"

    November 1, 2010

  • An umbrella. (From a large umbrella belonging to a character by the name of Gamp in Dickins' novel, Martin Chuzzlewit.)

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gamp

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/gamp

    http://www.brownielocks.com/words.html

    September 18, 2009

  • "The gamps and bonnets, the white gym-shoes, the bottles and the mildew king, the singing mortuary man, the Rose of Tralee, swam together in the snuggery ..." - Dylan Thomas in "Old Garbo," in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog, p 96 of the New Directions Paperbook edition

    December 9, 2008

  • Number one swung lourdily her midwife's bag, the other's gamp poked in the beach.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 3

    December 30, 2006