One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Rough strong cider, especially as made in the West Country of England.
- ‘We drank scrumpy and fell over a lot; which I suppose was a silly way to spend my paper-round money.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Our other favourite drink in the forces was scrumpy mixed with Babycham.’
- ‘And I did exactly what any teenager would do after several pints of yokel-strength scrumpy and half a bottle of Russian paint-stripper.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Early 20th century: from dialect scrump ‘withered apple’.
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