Definition of clump noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//klʌmp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klʌmp//
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  1. 1a small group of things or people very close together, especially trees or plants; a bunch of something such as grass or hair a clump of trees/bushes
  2. 2the sound made by somebody putting their feet down very heavily I heard the heavy clump of feet on the stairs.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a heap or lump): partly imitative, reinforced by Middle Low German klumpe and Middle Dutch klompe; related to club ‘to hit someone with a stick or heavy object’.Extra examples great clumps of rhododendrons situated in a clump of trees He tore out a clump of her hair. I tripped over a clump of grass in the darkness. There was a clump of bushes at the edge of the lawn. They planted trees in clumps around the park.
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