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1Having a full rounded shape: the berries were plump and sweet
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  • The liver was plump and full of flavor, and it melted beautifully on my tongue.
  • Some of them are plump and juicy and full of savory flavor, but others are hard and dry.
  • A bright hue, a rosy blush, pretty skin that's blemish free, and a plump shape - these are generally key for ripe fruits.
1.1Slightly fat.
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  • She had blonde curls that hung around her slightly plump face, and she wore a common housedress and apron over it.
  • He does this effortlessly and without changing the blank expression on his slightly plump face.
  • Some seemed to be only slightly larger than a good, plump chicken, an ideal size for the smaller family.
chubby, fat, stout, rotund, well padded, ample, full-figured, pillowy, round, chunky, portly, overweight, fleshy, paunchy, bulky, corpulent
rare pulvinate
informal tubby, roly-poly, pudgy, beefy, porky, zaftig, corn-fed


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1Shake or pat (a cushion or pillow) to adjust its stuffing and make it rounded and soft: she plumped up her pillows
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  • The red haired nurse eventually left after plumping my pillow and fetching me some water.
  • When she's not tending to her family, Vera makes tea and plumps cushions for sick neighbours.
  • I was running from the kitchen to the living room, plumping the cushions and getting drinks in place, closing curtains to avoid sun-glare, the quickest of showers, a change into fresh clothes.
1.1 [no object] (plump up) Become rounder and fatter: stew the dried fruits gently until they plump up
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  • Such treatments are used to reshape the face, such as plumping up the lips.
  • I've always had thin lips and I wanted them plumped up to be fashionable.
  • New techniques involving lasers to blast uneven pigmentation, acid peels to smooth crepey skin and injections to plump up wrinkles or freeze facial muscles have all been developed and refined over the last decade.


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  • Heck, there even was a short, plumpish, blonde attendant who sounded Russian.
  • The plumpish figures are painted with a 15 th-century-style gloss.
  • She wore a pearl necklace to match those on her dress and even her hair, a tower of blonde streaked curls done up in such a fashion that a few loose strands framed her plumpish face perfectly, was adorned with strands of pearls.
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  • Fisher is plumply overdeveloped, more than simply enticing, bursting her seams, and she's the aggressor and the liar in the tale.
  • Courtney, plumply likeable in a snug hat, looked politely bemused.
  • It was flavourless and odourless, but it felt very satisfying sitting plumply on my tongue.
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  • And very snug she is, in a plumpy nest of goosedown, with the light mohair blanket laid over the top to keep the warm in.
  • They just aren't attractive in my humble opinion, and the more I go around town, the more I see both overweight plumpy men and young attractive men who instantly become unattractive because of their clothing choices.


Late 15th century (in the sense 'blunt, forthright'): related to Middle Dutch plomp, Middle Low German plump, plomp 'blunt, obtuse, blockish'. The sense has become appreciative, perhaps by association with plum.

Words that rhyme with plump

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plump 2 Syllabification: plump


1 [with object] Set down heavily or unceremoniously: she plumped her bag on the table
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  • She glared back at him and then picked up her bag and moved one seat down, plumping her bag on the seat between them.
  • The waiter, almost literally staggering under the weight, plumped a huge oval plateful of sizzling ribs in front of Lili.
  • I plumped my mother under a tree and walked around to take in some action.
1.1 (plump oneself) Sit down heavily or unceremoniously: she plumped herself down in the nearest seat [no object]: he plumped down on the bench beside me
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  • ‘Let's sit here,’ she brayed and plumped herself in front of me.
  • Ten minutes into the production, four young lads tear around the performance space, plump themselves down to quietly watch the show for half an hour, and then tear off again - just as Decky and his friends do within the play.
  • She plumped herself on the couch, looking and sounding exhausted.
2 [no object] (plump for) Decide definitely in favor of (one of two or more possibilities): offered a choice of drinks, he plumped for brandy
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  • Miffed and thirsty, some filed out to find solace in pricey cybercafes, while others decided to plump for the free buffet chicken wings.
  • Given the choice of shirt colour, it was assumed that Eriksson would plump for the lucky red favoured by England these days.
  • The votes were reasonably predictable with a majority plumping for favourites France.


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An abrupt plunge; a heavy fall.


informal Back to top  
1With a sudden or heavy fall: she sat down plump on the bed
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  • I sat down plump on the ground, almost falling into the pool.
2 dated Directly and bluntly: he must tell her plump and plain that he was collecting unemployment


Late Middle English: related to Middle Low German plumpen, Middle Dutch plompen 'fall into water', probably of imitative origin.

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