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’
    • ‘Last May they started training again, yomping up hills carrying loaded rucksacks.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Kuwait taught us to hunker down; the Falklands had us yomping; Vietnam gave us the search-and-destroy mission.’
    • ‘Even without British troops yomping across it, the lashing rain and hard hills make the Falkland Islands an unlikely promised land.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After landing they had a 35-mile yomp to Carisbrooke Castle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He finds a long yomp to be good for body, mind and spirit.’
    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.