One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounScottish, 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.
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