Definitions

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

  • adj. Well-rounded and full in form; chubby. See Synonyms at fat.
  • adj. Abundant; ample: a plump reward.
  • transitive v. To make well-rounded or full in form: plumped up the pillows.
  • intransitive v. To become well-rounded, chubby, or full in form: The baby plumped out at three months.
  • intransitive v. To drop abruptly or heavily: plumped into the easy chair.
  • intransitive v. To give full support or praise: plumped for the candidate throughout the state.
  • transitive v. To throw down or drop (something) abruptly or heavily: plumped the books onto the table.
  • n. A heavy or abrupt fall or collision.
  • n. The sound of a heavy fall or collision.
  • adj. Blunt; direct.
  • adv. With a heavy or abrupt drop: The anchor fell plump into the sea.
  • adv. With a full or sudden impact: walked plump into the pole.
  • adv. Directly: ran plump into an old friend.
  • adv. Without qualification; bluntly: spoke out plump for the tax bill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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
  • At once, as with a sudden heavy fall; suddenly; heavily; without warning or preparation; very unexpectedly; downright; right.
  • Blunt; downright; unreserved; unqualified: as, a plump lie.
  • n. A knot; a cluster; a group; a clump; a number of persons, animals, or things closely united or standing together; a covey.
  • n. A sudden heavy downfall of rain.

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

  • adv. straight down especially heavily or abruptly
  • v. drop sharply
  • n. the sound of a sudden heavy fall
  • v. give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number
  • adj. sufficiently fat so as to have a pleasing fullness of figure
  • v. make fat or plump
  • v. set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise

Etymologies

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

Middle English, dull, probably from Middle Low German plomp, blunt, thick.
Middle English plumpen, to immerse quickly, perhaps from Middle Low German, probably of imitative origin.

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

    May 30, 2011

  • A flock of waterfowl

    November 16, 2007