Word of the week: gamp

October 8, 2009 By Angela Boothroyd

Gamp is a colloquial word for an umbrella (in British English).

The word comes from a character called Sarah Gamp in Charles Dickens’ novel Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-4). Sarah Gamp always carried a big umbrella. It’s an interesting word, but not one you will hear used very often.

Charles Dickens was an English author who lived from 1812 to 1870. His books are famous for their descriptions of the hard lives of working class people in Victorian England, and his memorable and vividly described characters.

colloquial – used in familiar or informal conversation.

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