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Word of the Day: Plump

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plump ¹



having a full rounded shape: the berries were plump and sweet.

  • slightly fat.

verb [ with obj. ]

shake or pat (a cushion or pillow) to adjust its stuffing and make it rounded and soft: she plumped up her pillows.

  • [ no obj. ] (plump up) become rounder and fatter: stew the dried fruits gently until they plump up.

ORIGIN: late 15th cent. (in the sense 'blunt, forthright'): related to Middle Dutch plomp,Middle Low German plump, plomp 'blunt, obtuse, blockish.' The sense has become appreciative, perhaps by association with plum.




1. [ with obj. ] set down heavily or unceremoniously: she plumped her bag on the table.

  • (plump oneself) sit down in this way: she plumped herself down in the nearest seat | [ no obj. ] : he plumped down on the bench beside me.

2. [ no obj. ] (plump for) decide definitely in favor of (one of two or more possibilities): offered a choice of drinks, he plumped for brandy.


noun [archaic]

an abrupt plunge; a heavy fall.

adverb [informal]

1. with a sudden or heavy fall: she sat down plump on the bed.

2. dated directly and bluntly: he must tell her plump and plain that he was collecting unemployment.


ORIGIN: late Middle English: related to Middle Low German plumpen,Middle Dutch plompen 'fall into water,' probably of imitative origin.

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