One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Rough strong cider, especially as made in the West Country of England.
- ‘Our other favourite drink in the forces was scrumpy mixed with Babycham.’
- ‘They are shy, mostly, though you'd not think so on a scrumpy [rough apple cider] night when things can get rather lively and rumbustious.’
- ‘Step into the fairy ring (which grows under apple trees) and you'll come to 20 years later, after a life wasted on scrumpy.’
- ‘No longer, do the grey legions of workers spend their precious leisure time walking the chalky downs, or being Mr Polly and bicycling the byways for refreshing half-pints of scrumpy.’
- ‘And I did exactly what any teenager would do after several pints of yokel-strength scrumpy and half a bottle of Russian paint-stripper.’
- ‘Before that night we had found a particularly good batch of scrumpy, and when we collided, literally, on the outskirts of town, we immediately started laughing.’
- ‘I risked a pint of Old Rosie, scrumpy cider twice the strength of normal beer!’
- ‘Therefore an ideal time to drink gut-rot scrumpy from plastic glasses at 2.80 a pint.’
- ‘Yes, some even crawl the last mile to the shrine, for they have supped at the cup of scrumpy and yea it maketh them fall down and cry out in tongues.’
- ‘You might land in Alloa just as the Real Ale Festival kicks off and be faced with over 40 real ales plus scrumpy and wine, the perfect antidote to a hard day's walking.’
- ‘We drank scrumpy and fell over a lot; which I suppose was a silly way to spend my paper-round money.’
Early 20th century: from dialect scrump ‘withered apple’.
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