plump ‎(third-person singular simple present plumps, present participle plumping, simple past and past participle plumped)

  1. (intransitive) To grow plump; to swell out.
    Her cheeks have plumped.
  2. (intransitive) To drop or fall suddenly or heavily, all at once.
    • Spectator
      Dulcissa plumps into a chair.
  3. (transitive) To make plump; to fill (out) or support; often with up.
    to plump oysters or scallops by placing them in fresh or brackish water
    • Fuller
      to plump up the hollowness of their history with improbable miracles
  4. (transitive) To cast or let drop all at once, suddenly and heavily.
    to plump a stone into water
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
      Although Miss Pross, through her long association with a French family, might have known as much of their language as of her own, if she had had a mind, she had no mind in that direction [] So her manner of marketing was to plump a noun-substantive at the head of a shopkeeper without any introduction in the nature of an article []
  5. (intransitive) To give a plumper (kind of vote).
  6. (transitive) To give (a vote), as a plumper.
  7. (used with for) To favor or decide in favor of something.


plump ‎(comparative plumper or more plump, superlative plumpest or most plump)

  1. Having a full and rounded shape; chubby, somewhat overweight.
    a plump baby;  plump cheeks
    • Thomas Carew (1595-1640)
      The god of wine did his plump clusters bring.
    • 1956, Delano Ames, chapter 23, in Crime out of Mind:
      He was a plump little man and we had been walking uphill at a pace—set by him—far too rapid for his short legs. He breathed stertorously, and half the drops which glimmered on his rotund face were not rain but sweat.
  2. Fat.
  3. Sudden and without reservation; blunt; direct; downright.
    • Saintsbury
      After the plump statement that the author was at Erceldoune and spake with Thomas.






  1. Directly; suddenly; perpendicularly.


plump ‎(plural plumps)

  1. (obsolete) A knot or cluster; a group; a crowd.
    a plump of trees, fowls, or spears
    To visit islands and the plumps of men. — Chapman.




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plump ‎(comparative plumper, superlative am plumpesten)

  1. crude, clumsy


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