definition of plumping by The Free Dictionary

plump 1

 (plŭmp)

adj. plump·er, plump·est

1. Properly-rounded and full in kind; chubby. See Synonyms at fats.

2. Ample; ample: a plump reward.

v. plumped, plump·ing, plumps

v.tr.

To make well-rounded or full in kind: plumped up the pillows.

v.intr.

To turn out to be well-rounded, chubby, or full in kind: The newborn plumped out at three months.


[Middle English, dull, probably from Middle Low German plomp, blunt, thick.]


plump′ish adj.

plump′ly adv.

plump′ness n.


plump 2

 (plŭmp)

v. plumped, plump·ing, plumps

v.intr.

1. To drop abruptly or closely: plumped into the simple chair.

2. To offer full help or reward: plumped for the candidate all through the state.

v.tr.

To throw down or drop (one thing) abruptly or closely: plumped the books onto the desk.

n.

1. A heavy or abrupt fall or collision.

2. The sound of a heavy fall or collision.

adv.

1. With a heavy or abrupt drop: The anchor fell plump into the ocean.

2.

a. With a full or sudden impression: walked plump into the pole.

b. Straight: ran plump into an previous pal.

3. With out qualification; bluntly: spoke out plump for the tax invoice.


[Middle English plumpen, to immerse quickly, perhaps from Middle Low German, probably of imitative origin.]

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Version. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Firm. Revealed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Firm. All rights reserved.

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