from The Century Dictionary.

  • To swell.
  • Stout; fat; plump.
  • To puff or plump out; fill out.
  • Perpendicular; straight; plumb.
  • Smooth; neat.
  • noun A plumb; a plummet.

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

  • intransitive verb Prov. Eng. To swell, as grain or wood with water.

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

  • noun mathematics probability limit
  • adjective plump; full
  • verb To swell or inflate; to fill up


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  • To "plim" up implies a certain amount of enlargement, and consequent tightness or firmness.

    The Life of the Fields

  • A sponge does not "plim"; it is not apparently larger when full of water than previously, and it is still limp.

    The Life of the Fields

  • There is the stepping of the masts, with their heels set firm and square above the keel, and their rake 'right plim' throughout.

    All Afloat A Chronicle of Craft and Waterways

  • Anything that swells in this manner by absorption is said to "plim."

    The Life of the Fields

  • This led me to miss out on a pair of plim Prada booties on sale at NM because I just couldn't justify another pair no matter how hard I rationalized.

    AdSense for Feeds

  • -- But you must be a real stranger here not to know what's made all the poor volks 'insides plim like blowed bladders this week? "

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • I have communicated it to the Speaker, (who is arrived from Mallow) and 'he desires me to make his con) plim. ents to your Lordship, and directs me to assure you, that he has the fullest sense, as I most. certainly have, of your Lordship's wise and spirited conduct upon this occasion.

    Memoirs of the political and private life of James Caulfield, earl of Charlemont


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  • plim-to swell or fill out,as bacon does in cooking, or a newly-hatched butterfly's wings do when it begins to spread them

    October 18, 2008

  • It is neither too full nor too slim

    And comes from the genes, not the gym.

    The callipygian rump

    Is not coarsely plump;

    When shaped to perfection it’s plim.

    See also buttocker, bottomry and nates.

    December 19, 2014

  • So, slim and plim isn't so good, I guess.

    February 16, 2020