plural -s
: a large umbrella
halfway to the station my gamp blew inside outSydney (Australia) Bulletin
often : one that is untidily or loosely tied up
if you carry an umbrella use it tightly rolled and never as a gamp S. D. Barney

Word History


after Sarah Gamp, nurse with a large cotton umbrella in Charles Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit (1843–44)

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gamp was in 1855

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“Gamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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