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DINMONT, n. [′dɪnmɔnt]

1. A wether between the first and second shearing, i.e. between one and a half and two and a half years old. Also dimmont; dimment (Sc. 1808 Jam.); dinman (Sc. 1808 J. Walker Nat. Hist. 522); dunmont (Bwk. 1794 A. Lowe Agric. Bwk. 18); dunmott (Bwk. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 III. 155); dummon (Twd. Ib. I. 139); dymond (Dmf. 1894 J. Shaw in Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 146). Now esp. applied to the Cheviot breed, in Cai. as well as the Borders. Also in n.Eng. dial. Sc. 1804  Scott Letter to Ellis in Lockhart Scott (1837) II. i.:
Long sheep, and short sheep, and tups, and gimmers, and hogs and dinmonts, had made a perfect sheepfold of my understanding.
Sc.(E) 1897  E. Hamilton Outlaws i.:
I'll uphaud there are no finer dimmonts in all the Sheriffdom.
Cai. 1948  Abd. Press and Jnl. (27 Aug.):
A very good selection of North Country Cheviot dinmonts was also on offer.
Bwk. 1921  Jnl. Agric. IV. 380:
Half bred yearling male sheep called Dinmonts.
Dmf. 1794  W. Stewart in
D. Johnston Agric. Dmf., App. iv.:
Young sheep are called hogs from Martinmas after they are lambed till they are fleeced next year, when the wedder sheep get the name of dinmonts; and the ewe sheep are called gimmers, and these names continue till they are two years old.

2. Transferred use: an immature cod. Dmf. 1836  A. Cunningham Lord Roldan III. ii.:
No a real cod, but a dinman.

[O.Sc. has dynmund, -mont(h), etc., from 1306, and dunmont, etc., from 1488. Of unknown origin: phs. a pre-Celtic word.]

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"Dinmont n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 Mar 2018 <>



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