See also: Kemp

English Edit

Pronunciation Edit

  • IPA(key): /kɛmp/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛmp

Etymology 1 Edit

From Middle English kempe (coarse hairs), from Old English cenep (moustache; bit (of a bridle, bristling with points)), from Proto-West Germanic *kanip, from Proto-Germanic *kanipaz (beard, moustache, whiskers), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵénus (jaw). Related to camp, chin.

Noun Edit

kemp (plural kemps)

  1. (obsolete or dialectal) Coarse, rough hair, wool, or fur; (in the plural) knotty hairs that will not felt.

Etymology 2 Edit

From Middle English kempe, campe (shaggy, rough).

Adjective Edit

kemp (comparative more kemp, superlative most kemp)

  1. (obsolete) Shaggy; rough.

Etymology 3 Edit

From Middle English kempen, from Old English *cempan (to do battle, fight), from Proto-West Germanic *kampijan (to campaign, do battle), ultimately from Latin campus.

Verb Edit

kemp (third-person singular simple present kemps, present participle kemping, simple past and past participle kemped)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To strive or contend in any way; strive for victory.
Derived terms Edit

Noun Edit

kemp (plural kemps)

  1. (Scotland, archaic) A contest in work, etc.

Etymology 4 Edit

From Middle English kempe, from Old English cempa (warrior, fighter, champion), from Proto-West Germanic *kampijō (fighter), ultimately from Latin campus. Doublet of champion. Cognate with literary German Kämpe (champion, fighter), German Kempf.

Noun Edit

kemp (plural kemps)

  1. (obsolete) A champion; a knight.
Related terms Edit

Anagrams Edit

Kriol Edit

Etymology Edit

From English camp.

Noun Edit


  1. camp, home (the place where one lives)

Middle English Edit

Noun Edit


  1. Alternative form of kempe (fish vat)