Definition of gammerstang in English:

gammerstang

(also gammerstong)

noun

English Regional, Scottish, Northern
  • 1A tall, ungainly, or awkward person (usually a woman).

  • 2A rude, coarse, or lewd girl or woman.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Peter Levens (fl. 1552–1587), lexicographer. Probably originally from gammer (although this is first attested slightly later) + stang. In later use, especially when denoting a man, perhaps reanalysed as being related to either gomerel or gangrel; such association is probably reflected also by the form gammerstel.

Pronunciation

gammerstang

/ˈɡaməstaŋ/