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.
  • 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.
  • adv. Directly; suddenly; perpendicularly.

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.
  • n. A knot; a cluster; a group; a clump; a number of persons, animals, or things closely united or standing together; a covey.
  • 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 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

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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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