Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Well-rounded and full in form; chubby. synonym: fat.
  • adjective Abundant; ample.
  • intransitive verb To make well-rounded or full in form.
  • intransitive verb To become well-rounded, chubby, or full in form.
  • intransitive verb To drop abruptly or heavily.
  • intransitive verb To give full support or praise.
  • intransitive verb To throw down or drop (something) abruptly or heavily.
  • noun A heavy or abrupt fall or collision.
  • noun The sound of a heavy fall or collision.
  • adjective Blunt; direct.
  • adverb With a heavy or abrupt drop.
  • adverb With a full or sudden impact.
  • adverb Directly.
  • adverb Without qualification; bluntly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • At once, as with a sudden heavy fall; suddenly; heavily; without warning or preparation; very unexpectedly; downright; right.
  • 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.
  • Blunt; downright; unreserved; unqualified: as, a plump lie.
  • noun A sudden heavy downfall of rain.
  • noun 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
  • To cause to fall suddenly and heavily: as, to plump a stone into water

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

  • adjective Well rounded or filled out; full; fleshy; fat
  • adjective Done or made plump, or suddenly and without reservation; blunt; unreserved; direct; downright.
  • adverb Directly; suddenly; perpendicularly.
  • intransitive verb To grow plump; to swell out.
  • intransitive verb To drop or fall suddenly or heavily, all at once.
  • intransitive verb To give a plumper. See Plumper, 2.
  • transitive verb To make plump; to fill (out) or support; -- often with up.
  • transitive verb To cast or let drop all at once, suddenly and heavily.
  • transitive verb To give (a vote), as a plumper. See Plumper, 2.
  • noun obsolete A knot; a cluster; a group; a crowd; a flock.

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

  • verb intransitive To grow plump; to swell out; as, her cheeks have plumped.
  • verb intransitive To drop or fall suddenly or heavily, all at once.
  • verb intransitive To give a plumper.
  • verb transitive To make plump; to fill (out) or support; often with up.
  • verb transitive To cast or let drop all at once, suddenly and heavily; as, to plump a stone into water.
  • verb transitive To give (a vote), as a plumper.
  • adjective Having a full and rounded shape; chubby, somewhat overweight.
  • adjective Fat.
  • adverb Directly; suddenly; perpendicularly.
  • noun obsolete A knot or cluster; a group; a crowd.

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

  • adverb straight down especially heavily or abruptly
  • verb drop sharply
  • noun the sound of a sudden heavy fall

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, dull, probably from Middle Low German plomp, blunt, thick.]

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

[Middle English plumpen, to immerse quickly, perhaps from Middle Low German, probably of imitative origin.]

Examples

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  • A flock of waterfowl

    November 16, 2007

  • This word is in such an interesting mix of positive and negative lists!

    May 30, 2011