From Middle English *clumpe, from Old English clymppe, a variant of clympre (“a lump or mass of metal”), from Proto-Germanic *klumpô (“mass, lump, clump; clasp”), from Proto-Indo-European *glembʰ- (“lump, clamp”). Alternatively, possibly 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.
clump (plural clumps)
- A cluster or lump; an unshaped piece or mass.
- A thick group or bunch, especially of bushes or hair.
- a clump of shrubby trees
- A dull thud.
- The compressed clay of coal strata.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Brande & C to this entry?)
- A small group of trees or plants.
- to be checked
- (transitive) To form clusters or lumps.
- (transitive) To gather into thick groups.
- (intransitive) To walk with heavy footfalls.