clemmed

Definition

Slang

  • adjective starving, hungry. An old term which is a survival of northern dialect (from the Middle English clemmen, meaning ‘to pinch’). Clemmed is still heard occasionally among older speakers (and, incidentally, in the TV soap opera Coronation Street); clemped has enjoyed a revival among younger speakers since 2000, sometimes in the form ‘clemped dief’ – ‘to death’.
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