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See also: Clem and Clem.


Etymology 1[edit]

Confer clam(to clog), or German klemmen(to jam, clamp; to be stuck, adhere (to a surface)), Icelandic klmbra, English clamp.


clem (third-person singular simple present clems, present participle clemming, simple past and past participle clemmed)

  1. (transitive or intransitive) To be hungry; starve.
    • 1889, Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr, Between Two Loves, Ch. VI, p. 110:
      " [] Here he's back home again, and without work, and without a penny, and thou knows t' little one and I were pretty well clemmed to death when thou got us a bit o' bread and meat last night. We were that!"
  2. To stick, adhere.

Etymology 2[edit]

Possibly from clementine, a small round citrus fruit.


clem (plural clems)

  1. (Geordie, vulgar, slang) A testicle.