Definition of gimmer in English:



Scottish, Northern English
  • A ewe between its first and second shearing.

    • ‘Another member of a well-known farming family, Mr Richardson, took first prize for a half bred shearling gimmer again at Kendal Show in 1909.’
    • ‘It is not really the time of year yet for mules, and this was the only poor demand of the day with gimmers making up to £40.50 and ewes up to £38.00.’
    • ‘However, in the end we managed to sell nearly 800 gimmers and 250 ewes which helped a little.’


Late Middle English: from Old Norse gymbr, of unknown ultimate origin.