One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of smell, taste, etc.: characteristic of a ram; rank, strong, pungent; disagreeable, offensive.
2Having a pungent or disagreeable smell or taste. Now chiefly regional.
3Lascivious, lustful; on heat.
adjectiveEnglish Regional, Scottish, North
Frantic, crazy; wild, headstrong; rough, violent.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. From ram + -ish<br>late 15th century; earliest use found in Craft of Deyng. Apparently originally a variant of ramage; in some forms perhaps partly influenced by rammish.
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