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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It was a plump face, unnaturally rosy, and sleep-creased like a small cushion.
▪ A balding man with a plump face, his eyes shifted back and forth from his interpreter to the judge.
▪ Her plump face was thinner, and lined down the cheeks.
▪ He was in his early forties with a receding hairline, a plump face and a small mouth.
▪ But his plump face and crazed eyes suggested he was merely a psychotic.
▪ Her pale, plump face was serene.
▪ The endomorph is round and soft, with shortish limbs, and small, plump hands and feet.
▪ Now he held her, his plump hands with fingers like sausages trying to steady her.
▪ I looked towards the stone angel where the plump man had been standing, but there was no sign of him.
▪ A short, plump man with dark hair walked in behind her.
▪ So, eight years ago, the plump man had been honest, sober and industrious.
▪ It showed a large, plump man, already balding but with a pink, childlike face.
▪ Focusing on a plump man with dark hair at a bus-stop he decides the people are Latin.
▪ He was a plump man who looked as if he would burst if you sat on him.
▪ Bessie was a fiery character, a large plump woman with a shock of ginger hair, freckles and green eyes.
▪ They had to be youngish, plump women.
▪ A plump woman in a white wool suit and dark glasses bought it and tried to pay for it by cheque.
▪ She was a plump woman in a knitted suit whose chief concern, she told Josie, was pastoral care.
▪ One was occupied by a plump woman in her forties, who was briskly sorting through a pile of letters.
▪ The fact is, Elizabeth Taylor is a plump woman who is exceptionally beautiful that way.
▪ She is simply the victim of the kind of prejudice which all plump women experience in their everyday lives, including me.
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▪ a plump woman in her fifties
▪ Frieda's mother was a plump, cheerful woman, quick with a laugh.
▪ He's a little on the plump side, but nevertheless quite handsome.
▪ Paula had silver bracelets on her plump arms.
▪ Stevie is a plump healthy-looking child.
▪ The doctor's wife had a plump face and a small mouth.
▪ Isabel bounced once against the plump straw mattress, then made a frantic bid for freedom.
▪ Miss Withington was a small, plump young woman between Agnes and Prudence in age.
▪ She must have been in her sixties, plump, with a crown of dyed brown curls.
▪ The comforters on the beds were abnormally plump.
▪ The four plump man-apes were still there, and now they were doing extraordinary things.
▪ The good cut made his shoulders look their proper width and reduced his generally plump look.
▪ The stuffed dates looked like plump roaches.
▪ You're too short and too plump - though your skin's not that bad.
▪ Add the chopped prunes, apricots, apples, raisins and broken walnuts and cook gently until the fruits plump up.
▪ Boil the dried fruit until it plumps up in the cooking liquid.
▪ You can plump the bags down anywhere you like.
▪ Add oysters and saute until they just begin to plump, about 1 minute.
▪ Do you plump for a bottle with an attractive label or simply stick to a wine that is familiar?
▪ He'd have liked to plump for the Algarve but, he said wistfully, you do go over the £1,000.
▪ It could be the question, whether to plump for a great evolutionary jump or stay put in the icy brine.
▪ We could just plump for Aristotle's report, as the earliest and therefore most reliable.
The Collaborative International 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.

    To plump up the hollowness of their history with improbable miracles.

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

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


Plump \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 plump baby; plump cheeks.

    The god of wine did his plump clusters bring.
    --T. Carew.

  2. Done or made plump, or suddenly and without reservation; blunt; unreserved; direct; downright.

    After the plump statement that the author was at Erceldoune and spake with Thomas.


Plump \Plump\, adv. [Cf. D. plomp, interj., G. plump, plumps. Cf. Plump, a. & v.] Directly; suddenly; perpendicularly. ``Fall plump.''
--Beau. & Fl.


Plump \Plump\, n. A knot; a cluster; a group; a crowd; a flock; as, a plump of trees, fowls, or spears. [Obs.]

To visit islands and the plumps of men.


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.

  2. To drop or fall suddenly or heavily, all at once.``Dulcissa plumps into a chair.''

  3. To give a plumper. See Plumper, 2.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 15c., "blunt, dull" (in manners), from Dutch plomp "blunt, thick, massive, stumpy," probably related to plompen "fall or drop heavily" (see plump (v.)). Meaning "fleshy, of rounded form" is from 1540s in English. Danish and Swedish plump "rude, coarse, clumsy" are from the Low German word and represent a different sense development.


c.1300, "to fall or strike with a full impact," common Low German word, from or related to Middle Dutch and Dutch plompen, East Frisian plumpen, Middle Low German plumpen, probably more or less imitative of something hard striking something soft. Hence plump (n.) "a firm blow," in pugilism usually one to the stomach.\n\nTo plump; to strike, or shoot. I'll give you a plump in the bread basket, or the victualling office; I'll give you a blow in the stomach. [Grose, "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," London, 1785]\n

\nOr, even if any of them should suspect me, I know how to bring myself off. It is but pretending to be affronted, stripping directly, challenging him to fight, and before he can be on his guard, hitting him a plump in the bread-basket, that shall make him throw up his accounts; and I'll engage he will have but very little stomach to accuse me after. ["The Reverie: or A Flight to the Paradise of Fools," London, 1763] \n


"to become plump," 1530s, from plump (adj.). Meaning "to plump (something) up, to cause to swell" is from 1530s. Related: Plumped; plumping.

  1. 1 Having a full and rounded shape; chubby, somewhat overweight. 2 fat. 3 (cx dated English) Sudden and without reservation; blunt; direct; downright. adv. directly; suddenly; perpendicularly. n. (context obsolete English) A knot or cluster; a group; a crowd. v

  2. 1 (context intransitive English) To grow #Adjective; to swell out. 2 (context intransitive English) To drop or fall suddenly or heavily, all at once. 3 (context transitive English) To make plump; to fill (out) or support; often with ''up''. 4 (context transitive English) To cast or let drop all at once, suddenly and heavily. 5 (context intransitive English) To give a plumper (kind of vote). 6 (context transitive English) To give (a vote), as a plumper. 7 (used with for) To favor or decide in favor of something.


n. the sound of a sudden heavy fall


adv. straight down especially heavily or abruptly; "the anchor fell plump into the sea"; "we dropped the rock plump into the water"


adj. euphemisms for slightly fat; "a generation ago...buxom actresses were popular"- Robt.A.Hamilton; "chubby babies"; "pleasingly plump" [syn: buxom, chubby, embonpoint, zaftig, zoftig]

  1. v. drop sharply; "The stock market plummeted" [syn: plummet]

  2. 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" [syn: plank, flump, plonk, plop, plunk, plump down, plunk down]

  3. make fat or plump; "We will plump out that poor starving child" [syn: fatten, fat, flesh out, fill out, plump out, fatten out, fatten up]

  4. give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number; "I plumped for the losing candidates" [syn: go]

Usage examples of "plump".

Their husbands were elderly grey-beards, their children grown men and women, and Aziza Begum was already grandmother to half a dozen plump brown babies.

He says that instead of this authentic Ophelia the impossible Gloria Bellhouse, hopelessly plump, with a mouth like the ace of hearts, has been selected for the part.

Rapt and prophetic, his plump hands clasped round the handle of his umbrella, his billycock hat a trifle askew, this irascible little man of the Voice, this impatient dreamer, this scolding Optimist, who has argued so rudely and dogmatically about economics and philosophy and decoration, and indeed about everything under the sun, who has been so hard on the botanist and fashionable women, and so reluctant in the matter of beer, is carried onward, dreaming dreams, dreams that with all the inevitable ironies of difference, may be realities when you and I are dreams.

We shall see, for if he puts her in I shall recognize her by her Black Forest clothes, and her burned complexion, her plump figure, her fat hands, her dull expression, her gentle spirit, her generous feet, her bonnetless head, and the plaited tails of hemp-colored hair hanging down her back.

David Silver was a plump young man with a pink scrubbed complexion, gold-rimmed pince-nez and his hair glossy with brilliantine and parted down the centre so that his scalp gleamed in the division like the scar of a sword cut He deferred courteously to his Uncle Aaron, and went to pains to make certain that both his guests were comfortable, that their chairs were arranged with the light from the windows falling from behind and that each of them had an ashtray beside him and a cup of tea in his hand.

Cummings, the purser, a small, plump, amiable, and infinitely shrewd irishman was, next to Bullen, the most important man on the ship.

Dame Honeyball was a likely, plump, bustling little woman, and no bad substitute for that paragon of hostesses, Dame Quickly.

Two detours though twisting alleyways led them to a vacant, overgrown area where Flax plumped himself down on an overturned discarded tub.

Lady Holsted, a plump and placid mother of four hopeful daughters who sat on her other side, Claire once again watched, this time with slightly envious eyes, as her sister skipped down the room.

It is a well authenticated fact, that birds wont touch the manured wheat, while they can obtain that which is much more plump and rich where guano has been applied.

Kingdom hunter came in with two marmots over his shoulder, both of them plump with early winter fat.

The last Kingdom hunter came in with two marmots over his shoulder, both of them plump with early winter fat.

Pope could eat little because he suffered from bad digestion and gaseous disturbances, Leo waved his white, bejeweled, plump hands while he accompanied Gabriel Marin of the remarkably beautiful voice, the master violinist Marone of Brescia, and Raffaelle Lippus, the blind balladier.

Nothing mattered but the oxygen flooding through his chest, plumping up his shriveled cells like raisins soaked in water.

And he would shave her quim, revealing the plump contours of the delicious meaty sex that crouched between her heavy thighs.