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A pair of klompen (singular: klomp) – Dutch clogs – worn in the mud


From Dutch klomp(clump, mass, wooden shoe), from Old Dutch *klumpo, from Proto-Germanic *klumpô(clump, lump, mass; clasp), from Proto-Indo-European *glembʰ-(clamp, mass).



clomp ‎(plural clomps)

  1. The sound of feet hitting the ground loudly.


clomp ‎(third-person singular simple present clomps, present participle clomping, simple past and past participle clomped)

  1. (transitive) To make a clomping sound (with some object).
    • 2010, Amanda Cabot, Scattered Petals: A Novel (Texas Dreams; book 2), Grand Rapids, Mich.: Revell, ISBN 978-0-8007-3325-4, page 47:
      When Sarah pointed at the door, Thea took a few steps toward it, clomping her feet with each stride.
    • 2012, William J. O'Malley, The Place Called Skull, Indianapolis, In.: Dog Ear Publishing, ISBN 978-1-4575-0943-8, page 7:
      Kurt Fuehlen's brother, Helmut, waited at the basement doorway behind the cathedral, stomping his feet and clomping his mittened hands against his beefy arms.
  2. (intransitive) To move in a way that makes loud noises with one's feet.
    • 1847, Acton Bell (pseudonym; Anne Brontë), Agnes Grey: A Novel, London: Thomas Cautley Newby, publisher, 72, Mortimer St., Cavendish Sq., OCLC 9657458:
      [] so having smoothed my hair as well as I could, and repeatedly twitched my obdurate collar, I proceeded to clomp down the two flights of stairs, philosophizing as I went; []
    • 2000, Robin Maxwell, chapter 14, in The Queen's Bastard: A Novel, Scribner Paperback Fiction, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0-684-85760-2, page 100:
      Ambrose laughed as he lurched backwards and then clomped with his gold-tipped walking stick to the bed.
    • 2003, June Kant, “Castaway”, in Jan Fook, Susan Hawthorne, and Renate Klein, editors, Cat Tales: The Meaning of Cats in Women's Lives, North Melbourne, Vic.: Spinifex Press, ISBN 978-1-876756-37-6, page 17:
      My exasperation turned to horror with the realisation that a cat cast in plaster would sink which sent me scrambling for the scoop net. Adding insult to injury, the bystanders cheered his [the cat's] undignified retrieval. With a mortified hiss and yowl he clomped with bedraggled hauteur below decks.
    • 2005, Alton L. Provost, Reflections in an Orphan's Eye: A Decade at Oxford 1947–1957, [Bloomington, Ind.]: Xlibris Corporation, ISBN 978-1-4134-7910-2, page 278:
      [W]e clomped up the steep rear concrete steps to the main (study hall) level and entered the hallway, where we then quite innocently clomped with our well-worn brogues into the study hall, where we sat to await the appearance of Witch Robinson.
    • 2008, Stefan Zweig; Joel Rotenberg, transl., The Post-Office Girl, New York, N.Y.: New York Review Books, ISBN 978-1-59017-262-9:
      Then she'd be startled when a peasant clomped with heavy shoes into this world of seductive images, his pipe clamped between his teeth, his eyes bovine and sleepy, to ask for a few stamps, and reflexively she'd find something to dress him down for.
  3. (intransitive, rare) To walk with wooden shoes.