plump

Something that's plump has a nice round shape. You could describe watching your plump little cousin eating one plump grape after another.

Objects and people can both be described as plump, as long as they're full or round or chubby. Though some people might be offended by being called plump, it's meant to describe an appealing roundness. And when you plump something, you pat or shake it so that it becomes fuller: "Let me plump those pillows on the bed while you tuck the sheets in."

Primary Meanings of plump

1.
adjv
sufficiently fat so as to have a pleasing fullness of figure
make fat or plump
2.
nvadv
the sound of a sudden heavy fall
set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise
straight down especially heavily or abruptly
3.
v
give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number
Full Definitions of plump
1

adj sufficiently fat so as to have a pleasing fullness of figure

“pleasingly plump
Synonyms:
chubby, embonpoint
fat
having an (over)abundance of flesh

v make fat or plump

“We will plump out that poor starving child”
Synonyms:
fat, fatten, fatten out, fatten up, fill out, flesh out, plump out
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
2

n the sound of a sudden heavy fall

Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

v set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise

Synonyms:
flump, plank, plonk, plop, plump down, plunk, plunk down
Type of:
place down, put down, set down
cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place

v drop sharply

Synonyms:
plummet
Type of:
drop
to fall vertically

adv straight down especially heavily or abruptly

“the anchor fell plump into the sea”
“we dropped the rock plump into the water”
3

v give support (to) or make a choice (of) one out of a group or number

“I plumped for the losing candidates”
Synonyms:
go
Type of:
choose, pick out, select, take
pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

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