Definition of verklempt
: overcome with emotion : choked up Hunched over my tiny screens lately, I've found myself … verklempt over an old video I posted of my son blowing bubbles in the bathtub. — James Poniewozik
Origin and Etymology of verklempt
borrowed from Yiddish farklemt “depressed, grieving,” past participle of farklemen “to grip, press,” going back to Middle High German verklemmen, from ver-, vir-, vor-, verb prefix, here with intensive force (going back to Old High German fir-, far- for-) + klemmen “to press, squeeze,” going back to Old High German -klemmen (in biklemmen “to block, oppress”), going back to Germanic *klammjan-, derivative from a base *klamm-, whence Old English clam, clom “bond, fetter” — more at 1clam ◆The spelling verklempt shows accommodation to standard German orthography.
First Known Use: 1993
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up verklempt? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).