Definition of yomp in English:



  • no object, with adverbial of direction (of a soldier) march with heavy equipment over difficult terrain.

    ‘squaddies yomping over the hills’
    • ‘One minute your little soldiers are happily yomping towards the nearest town and the next, as if by magic, a column of tanks appears out of nowhere!’
    • ‘Last May they started training again, yomping up hills carrying loaded rucksacks.’
    • ‘Even without British troops yomping across it, the lashing rain and hard hills make the Falkland Islands an unlikely promised land.’
    • ‘Kuwait taught us to hunker down; the Falklands had us yomping; Vietnam gave us the search-and-destroy mission.’
    stroll, saunter, amble, wend one's way, trudge, plod, hike, tramp, trek, march, stride, troop, patrol, step out, wander, ramble, tread, prowl, footslog, promenade, roam, traipse
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  • A march with heavy equipment over difficult terrain.

    ‘a 60 km yomp’
    • ‘He finds a long yomp to be good for body, mind and spirit.’
    • ‘The disciplinarian drill sergeant Javier Clemente was appointed as their new manager last Monday, charged with hauling a bedraggled set of troops on a yomp away from relegation.’
    • ‘To begin the yomp, the Royals crossed a river in a snow flurry.’
    • ‘It's a two-hour drive in a Land Rover, then a hard two-hour yomp over very rough ground carrying our myriad equipment.’
    • ‘After landing they had a 35-mile yomp to Carisbrooke Castle.’
    journey, trip, expedition, safari, odyssey
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1980s: of unknown origin. The word came into prominence when used by the Royal Marines during the Falklands War of 1982.