plump


plump
[[t]plʌ̱mp[/t]]
plumper, plumpest, plumps, plumping, plumped
1) ADJ-GRADED (approval) You can describe someone or something as plump to indicate that they are rather fat or rounded, usually when you think this is a good quality.

Maria was a pretty little thing, small and plump with a mass of curly hair...

He pushed a plump little hand towards me.

...red pears, ripe peaches and plump nectarines.

Derived words:
plumpness N-UNCOUNT

There was a sturdy plumpness about her hips.

2) VERB If you plump a pillow or cushion, you shake it and hit it gently so that it goes back into a rounded shape.

[V n] She panics when people pop in unexpectedly, rushing round plumping cushions.

Plump up means the same as plump.

Also V n P V P n (not pron) `You need to rest,' she told her reassuringly as she moved to plump up her pillows.

3) VERB If you plump for someone or something, you choose them, often after hesitating or thinking carefully. [mainly BRIT]

[V for n] I think Tessa should play it safe and plump for Malcolm, her long-suffering admirer.


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  • plump — plump …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Plump — (pl[u^]mp), a. [Compar. {Plumper} (pl[u^]mp [ e]r); superl. {Plumpest}.] [OE. plomp rude, clumsy; akin to D. plomp, G., Dan., & Sw. plump; probably of imitative origin. Cf. {Plump}, adv.] 1. Well rounded or filled out; full; fleshy; fat; as, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plump — plump·en; plump·ish; plump; plump·er; plump·ly; plump·ness; …   English syllables

  • plump — plump1 [plump] adj. [LME < MDu plomp, unwieldy, bulky, dull: orig. echoic] full and rounded in form; chubby vt., vi. to make plump; fill out: sometimes with up or out plumpish adj. plumply adv. plumpness n. plump2 [plump] vi. [ME plumpen …   English World dictionary

  • Plump — Plump, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plumped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Plumping}.] 1. To make plump; to fill (out) or support; often with up. [1913 Webster] To plump up the hollowness of their history with improbable miracles. Fuller. [1913 Webster] 2. To cast… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plump — Plump, adv. [Cf. D. plomp, interj., G. plump, plumps. Cf. {Plump}, a. & v.] Directly; suddenly; perpendicularly. Fall plump. Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plump — Adj. (Mittelstufe) von dicker, schwerfälliger Gestalt Synonyme: klobig, unförmig Beispiel: Sie hat plumpe Beine. plump Adj. (Aufbaustufe) ohne Leichtigkeit, schwerfällig Synonyme: unbeholfen, ungeschlacht, ungelenk (geh.) Beispiele: Sie ist dick… …   Extremes Deutsch

  • plump — Ⅰ. plump [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) full and rounded in shape. 2) rather fat. ► VERB (plump up) ▪ make or become full and round. DERIVATIVES plumpish adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • Plump — Plump, v. i. [Cf. D. plompen, G. plumpen, Sw. plumpa, Dan. plumpe. See {Plump}, a.] 1. To grow plump; to swell out; as, her cheeks have plumped. [1913 Webster] 2. To drop or fall suddenly or heavily, all at once. Dulcissa plumps into a chair.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plump — Plump, eine Interjection, welche den Schall nachahmet, den ein großer dicker und schwerer Körper macht, wenn er plötzlich in ein tiefes Wasser fällt. Plump! da fiel er in das Wasser. Plump! da lag er. Wenn der Stein in das Wasser fällt, so macht… …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • plump — »grob, derb, unförmig; unbeholfen«: Das im 16. Jh. aus dem Niederd. ins Hochd. übernommene Adjektiv (mnd. plump, plomp) gehört zu der Interjektion ‹m›niederd. plump! Diese Interjektion gibt vorwiegend das Geräusch an, das beim Fallen und… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch