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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kluhmp]
    • /klʌmp/
    • /klʌmp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kluhmp]
    • /klʌmp/

Definitions of clump word

  • countable noun clump A clump of things such as trees or plants is a small group of them growing together. 3
  • countable noun clump A clump of things such as wires or hair is a group of them collected together in one place. 3
  • verb clump If someone clumps somewhere, they walk there with heavy, clumsy steps. 3
  • verb clump If things clump together, they gather together and form small groups or lumps. 3
  • noun clump a cluster, as of trees or plants 3
  • noun clump a dull heavy tread or any similar sound 3

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Origin of clump

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
1580-90; akin to Dutch klompe lump, mass, Old English clympre lump of metal

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Parts of speech for Clump


clump popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for clump

noun clump

  • bundle — A bundle of things is a number of them that are tied together or wrapped in a cloth or bag so that they can be carried or stored.
  • chunk — Chunks of something are thick solid pieces of it.
  • wad — a soft, earthy, black to dark-brown mass of manganese oxide minerals.
  • lump — a piece or mass of solid matter without regular shape or of no particular shape: a lump of coal.
  • cluster — A cluster of people or things is a small group of them close together.

verb clump

  • bumble — to speak or do in a clumsy, muddled, or inefficient way
  • stump — the lower end of a tree or plant left after the main part falls or is cut off; a standing tree trunk from which the upper part and branches have been removed.
  • tramp — to tread or walk with a firm, heavy, resounding step.
  • stamp — to strike or beat with a forcible, downward thrust of the foot.
  • limp — to walk with a labored, jerky movement, as when lame.

general clump

  • whacked — exhausted; tired out.
  • clonk — to make a loud dull thud
  • thunk — an abrupt, dull sound: the thunk of a shutting window.
  • whacking — large.

Antonyms for clump

noun clump

  • individual — a single human being, as distinguished from a group.
  • whole — comprising the full quantity, amount, extent, number, etc., without diminution or exception; entire, full, or total: He ate the whole pie. They ran the whole distance.
  • one — being or amounting to a single unit or individual or entire thing, item, or object rather than two or more; a single: one woman; one nation; one piece of cake.

verb clump

  • tiptoe — the tip or end of a toe.

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