Definition of plump in English:


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Pronunciation: /plʌmp


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.
chubby, fat, stout, rotund, buxom, well upholstered, well covered, well padded, of ample proportions, ample, roly-poly, round, rounded, well rounded, full, fattish, dumpy, chunky, broad in the beam, portly, overweight, fleshy, paunchy, bulky, corpulent
British informal podgy, fubsy
North American informal zaftig, corn-fed, lard-assed
archaic pursy
1.1(Of a person) rather fat: she wore an outfit she’d always wanted to try but felt she was too plump to risk
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  • They were all rather plump people and Alina's slender figure did not fit in with them.
  • He was rather plump, and was wearing a ridiculous hat.
  • The officer frowned down at the shorter, rather plump man.


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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.


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.



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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.

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