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From Massachusett nasamp, nasaump (softened with water); compare suppawn.



samp (countable and uncountable, plural samps)

  1. (chiefly US) An article of food consisting of coarse ground maize, or a porridge made from it.
    • 1882, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 50, page 549,
      The meal, coarse or fine, is then used for samps, mushes, or batters, and cakes, thick or thin, and of many varieties and degrees of wholesomeness.
    • 1975, Sheila Roberts, Outside Life's Feast: Short Stories, page 18,
      'You kids have everything but you don't appreciate it. Mom must cook you beans and samps. Do you hear? Just beans and samps. That's all. Beans and samps.'
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, page 44,
      We remained in class until 12.45, and then had a lunch of samp, sour milk and beans, seldom meat.
    • 2004, Louise Cabral, A Pageant of Shadows, page 327,
      Abigail taught her the use of the samp mortar. Samp was corn broken into coarse grains and boiled as porridge.
    • 2005, Fran Osseo-Asare, Food Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa, page 74,
      In the area of cuisine, the Xhosa have contributed many corn recipes, most famously samp and beans (umngqusho).





  1. (Unquachog) hominy