What does plump mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plumpadjective

    the sound of a sudden heavy fall

  2. chubby, embonpoint, plumpverb

    sufficiently fat so as to have a pleasing fullness of figure

    "a chubby child"; "pleasingly plump";

  3. plummet, plumpverb

    drop sharply

    "The stock market plummeted"

  4. plank, flump, plonk, plop, plunk, plump down, plunk down, plumpverb

    set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise

    "He planked the money on the table"; "He planked himself into the sofa"

  5. fatten, fat, flesh out, fill out, plump, plump out, fatten out, fatten upverb

    make fat or plump

    "We will plump out that poor starving child"

  6. plump, goadverb

    give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number

    "I plumped for the losing candidates"

  7. plumpadverb

    straight down especially heavily or abruptly

    "the anchor fell plump into the sea"; "we dropped the rock plump into the water"


  1. plumpnoun

    A knot or cluster; a group; a crowd.

  2. plumpverb

    To grow plump; to swell out; as, her cheeks have plumped.

  3. plumpverb

    To drop or fall suddenly or heavily, all at once.

  4. plumpverb

    To give a plumper.

  5. plumpverb

    To make plump; to fill (out) or support; often with up.

  6. plumpverb

    To cast or let drop all at once, suddenly and heavily; as, to plump a stone into water.

  7. plumpverb

    To give (a vote), as a plumper.

  8. plumpadverb

    Directly; suddenly; perpendicularly.

  9. plumpadjective

    Having a full and rounded shape; chubby, somewhat overweight.

  10. plumpadjective


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PLUMPadjective

    Somewhat fat; not lean; sleek; full and smooth.

    Etymology: Of this word the etymology is not known. Stephen Skinner derives it from pommelé, Fr. full like a ripe apple; it might be more easily deduced from plum, which yet seems very harsh. Franciscus Junius omits it.

    The heifer, that valued itself upon a smooth coat and a plump habit of body, was taken up for a sacrifice; but the ox, that was despised for his raw bones, went on with his work still. Roger L'Estrange.

    Plump gentleman,
    Get out as fast as e’er you can;
    Or cease to push, or to exclaim,
    You make the very croud you blame. Matthew Prior.

    The famish’d cow
    Grows plump and round, and full of mettle. Jonathan Swift.

  2. Plumpadverb

    With a sudden fall.

    Etymology: Probably corrupted from plumb, or perhaps formed from the sound of a stone falling on the water.

    I would fain now see ’em rowl’d
    Down a hill, or from a bridge
    Head-long cast, to break their ridge;
    Or to some river take ’em
    Plump, and see if that would wake ’em. Ben Jonson.

    Fluttering his pennons vain plump down he drops. John Milton.

  3. Plumpnoun

    A knot; a tuft; a cluster; a number joined in one mass.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    England, Scotland, Ireland lie all in a plump together, not accessible but by sea. Francis Bacon.

    Warwick having espied certain plumps of Scottish horsemen ranging the field, returned towards the arriere to prevent danger. John Hayward.

    We rested under a plump of trees. George Sandys.

    Spread upon a lake, with upward eye
    A plump of fowl behold their foe on high;
    They close their trembling troop, and all attend
    On whom the sowsing eagle will descend. Dryden.

  4. To Plumpverb

    To fatten; to swell; to make large.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    The particles of air expanding themselves, plump out the sides of the bladder, and keep them turgid. Boyle.

    I’m as lean as carrion; but a wedding at our house will plump me up with good chear. Roger L'Estrange.

    Let them lie for the dew and rain to plump them. John Mortimer.

  5. To Plumpverb

    2 1 . [From the adjective.]To be swollen. Robert Ainsworth

    Etymology: from the adverb.


  1. plump

    Plumping, also referred to as “enhancing” or “injecting,” is the process by which some poultry companies inject raw chicken meat with saltwater, chicken stock, seaweed extract, or some combination thereof. The practice is most commonly used for fresh chicken and is also used in frozen poultry products, although other meats may also be plumped.Poultry producers have injected chicken (and other meat) with saltwater solutions since the 1970s, claiming it makes for tastier, juicier meat. According to Kenneth McMillin, Professor of Meat Science at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge, processors use multiple-needle injectors or vacuum-tumblers, that force the sodium solution into the muscle. Binding agents in the solution prevent the added salt and water from leaching out of the meat during transport, in grocery stores and during cooking.


  1. plump

    Plump generally refers to something that is full, rounded, and somewhat inflated. It often suggests a somewhat heavy or overweight condition. Additionally, it can describe something that is abundantly supplied or filled.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plumpadverb

    well rounded or filled out; full; fleshy; fat; as, a plump baby; plump cheeks

  2. Plumpnoun

    a knot; a cluster; a group; a crowd; a flock; as, a plump of trees, fowls, or spears

  3. Plumpadjective

    to grow plump; to swell out; as, her cheeks have plumped

  4. Plumpadjective

    to drop or fall suddenly or heavily, all at once

  5. Plumpadjective

    to give a plumper. See Plumper, 2

  6. Plumpverb

    to make plump; to fill (out) or support; -- often with up

  7. Plumpverb

    to cast or let drop all at once, suddenly and heavily; as, to plump a stone into water

  8. Plumpverb

    to give (a vote), as a plumper. See Plumper, 2

  9. Plump

    directly; suddenly; perpendicularly

  10. Etymology: [OE. plomp rude, clumsy; akin to D. plomp, G., Dan., & Sw. plump; probably of imitative origin. Cf. Plump, adv.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plump

    plump, adv. falling straight downward (like lead): heavily: suddenly.—adj. downright: unqualified.—v.i. to fall or sink suddenly: to give all one's votes to one candidate where there are more than one to be elected.—v.t. to cause to fall suddenly.—n. (Scot.) a sudden downfall of rain.—n. Plump′er, a vote given to one candidate only when more than one are to be elected: one who so votes: (slang) a downright lie.—adv. Plump′ly, fully, without reserve. [Plumb.]

  2. Plump

    plump, adj. fat and rounded: sleek: in good condition.—v.i. to grow fat or plump: to swell.—v.t. to make plump: to fatten.—ns. Plump′er, a ball kept in the mouth to give the cheeks a rounded appearance; Plump′ness.—adj. Plump′y (Shak.), plump, fat. [Teut.; Dut. plomp, lumpish, Ger. plump.]

  3. Plump

    plump, n. a cluster: a clump (of persons or things).


  1. Plump

    with full, rounded outlines; not obese.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PLUMP

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Plump is ranked #40016 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Plump surname appeared 548 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Plump.

    58% or 318 total occurrences were Black.
    38.6% or 212 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plump in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plump in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of plump in a Sentence

  1. Brian Wong:

    So, grape to raisin, you have to plump the raisin.

  2. Jason Napier:

    Given the choice, a highly regarded new chief executive would probably always plump for the budget to accelerate balance sheet growth and restructure the business as rapidly as the organization can stand, and write down any existing assets that might be in doubt.

  3. Brian Wong:

    Aging now is thought of as the grape to the raisin. Before, it was thought about as 'let's cut away extra skin,' but now it's volume, so, grape to raisin, you have to plump the raisin.

  4. Paula Simpson:

    If the skin cell walls are plump and healthy, the skin will look more hydrated and dewy as well.

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    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    A summon
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