- a lump; mass
- a mass of bacteria
- a cluster, as of shrubs or trees
- the sound of heavy footsteps
Origin of clumpfrom Dutch klomp or Low German klump: for Indo-European base see club
- to walk heavily; tramp
- to form clumps
- to plant in a clump; group together in a cluster
- to cause to form clumps
- A clustered mass; a lump: clumps of soil.
- A thick grouping, as of trees or bushes.
- A heavy dull sound; a thud.
verbclumped, clump·ing, clumps
- To form lumps or thick groupings.
- To walk or move so as to make a heavy dull sound.
Origin of clumpProbably Low German klump from Middle Low German klumpe cluster of trees
(third-person singular simple present clumps, present participle clumping, simple past and past participle clumped)
Probably from Middle Dutch clompe or Middle Low German klumpe (compare German Klumpen). Cognates include Danish klump (probably from Low German as well ). Compare Norwegian (bokmål) klump