One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An umbrella, especially a large unwieldy one.‘he stuck his gamp in the hallstand’
parasol, sunshadeView synonyms
- ‘When the rain began to come down in buckets I thought I had better invest in a gamp, but was deterred by the thought that I already had two lying about somewhere at home and one in my office here.’
Mid 19th century: named after Mrs Gamp in Charles Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit, who carried such an umbrella.
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