Definition of clump in English:

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Pronunciation: /klʌmp/


1A small group of trees or plants growing closely together: a clump of ferns
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  • To escape a drenching, I sheltered in a clump of trees.
  • She pointed to a clump of red seaweed growing by a cluster of rocks.
  • A clump of palm trees ringed by white sand in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, it's a treasure map come to life.
cluster, thicket, group, bunch, collection, assembly, assemblage;
tuft, tuffet, tussock, mat, tangle
1.1A small, compact group of people: they sat on the wall in clumps of two and three
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  • Despite the enormity of Site B and the thronging clumps of people they passed, she seemed to know her way very well.
  • And every single time, as I've attempted to leave the car park, I've come across confused looking clumps of young people wandering in the road like bovines with backpacks.
  • ‘You know how there are always those clumps of people on the square’ she'd said to me.
1.2A compacted mass or lump of something: clumps of earth
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  • Lumps in a starch paste are caused by clumps of granules gelatinizing on their outsides and becoming impervious.
  • He reached under him and cleared away a few large clumps of dirt, leaves, and twigs, and stones, which appeared ordinary but served as a good hiding place for the tunnel entrance.
  • One Western cameraman saw scraps of flesh, pools of blood and clumps of human hair.
lump, clod, mass, gobbet, wad, concentration;
agglutination, agglomeration, accumulation, build-up
informal glob, gob
1.3 Physiology An agglutinated mass of blood cells or bacteria, especially as an indicator of the presence of an antibody to them.
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  • Other problems include irregularities of the heart beat, heart muscle destruction and blood clots and clumps of bacteria that go from the heart to the brain and other organs.
  • Bacterial clump formation on the surface of the medium was observed with all the strains.
  • This is where the red blood cells sort of form into clumps and these are the start of the Deep Vein Thromboses (DVT's).
2 another term for clomp.
stamp, stomp, stump, clomp, tramp, plod, trudge, walk heavily, lumber, stumble;
thump, thud, bang;
Scottish & Northern Irish  sprauchle
informal galumph
3A thick extra sole on a boot or shoe.


[no object]
1Form a clump or clumps: the particles tend to clump together
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  • The nodules can clump together in lumps as big as a fist, mostly on limbs and trunk.
  • The pus tends to clump together on the lashes, making them stick together.
  • But tiny particles tend to clump together in the air and then fall to the ground, so they need to be treated with a chemical to prevent that and keep them airborne.
2 another term for clomp.
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  • She looked up and smirked as her brother went clumping out of the room, his boots thudding loudly, deliberately.
  • Her boots clumped heavily on the ground beneath her, stumbling as she fought to keep up with his ever-increasing speed.
  • And with that, she gave him one last look, turned and started up the sidewalk again in that short, clumping stride of hers that reminded him of a lumberjack


Middle English (denoting a heap or lump): partly imitative, reinforced by Middle Low German klumpe and Middle Dutch klompe; related to club2.

  • club from Middle English:

    In the sense ‘a heavy stick with a thick end’ club comes from Old Norse clubba, and is related to clump (Middle English). The use of the word to refer to a society or association of people who share a particular interest dates from the early 17th century. It appears to have derived gradually from the idea of a group of people forming into a mass like the thick end of a club.

Words that rhyme with clump

bump, chump, crump, dump, flump, frump, gazump, grump, jump, lump, outjump, plump, pump, rump, scrump, slump, stump, sump, thump, trump, tump, ump, whump

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