One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Resembling or reminiscent of Mrs. Gamp, especially in being comically coarse and grotesque, having idiosyncratic speech habits, or engaging in disreputable nursing practices.
2Of an umbrella: resembling that of Mrs. Gamp; especially loosely tied up, bulging.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Illustrated London News. From the name of Mrs. Gamp + -ish.
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