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FINGERIN(G), n. Also †fingrine (Sc. 1707 G. Miege Pres. State Gt. Brit. II. 24), †fingram, -rom. [′fɪŋ(ə)rɪn]

1. A kind of worsted, originally “spun of combed wool, on the small wheel, as distinguished from wheelin, which is worsted spun on the large wheel, from wool not combed, but merely carded” (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Gen.Sc. Now also in St.Eng. Sometimes extended to apply to anything of fine quality. Abd. 1851  W. Anderson Rhymes 133:
But we had a class wha, wi' manners jocose, Wore cassimere knee-breeks and white fing'rin' hose.
Abd. 1889  Bon-Accord (9 Feb.) 21:
About 40 spindles of Strong 4-Ply Fingering Worsted to be sold at 2d per cut.
Abd. 1922  Abd. Wkly. Free Press (7 Jan.):
I am afraid that Jean made her cakes rather too “fingerin',” or of the quality that found favour in the parlour at Clinkstyle, and we all “made short wark o't.”
Mry. 1931 4 :
The wool she wanted was Scotch fingering, and in some parts it is called “hannin.”

2. A kind of woollen cloth made from the above (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Now only hist. Sc. 1702  Records Conv. Burghs (1880) 329:
The convention appoynts the several burghs to put the lawes and acts of parliament to vigorous executione within thair respective jurisdiction anent the right makeing of plaiden, fingrams and stockins.
Sc. 1733  P. Lindsay Interest Scot. 105:
At Aberdeen, and Countries adjacent, large Quantities of our own coarse tarred Wooll are manufactured into coarse Serges, called Fingrams, and knit Stockings of all Prices.
Abd. 1795  Stat. Acc.1 XIX. 203:
In the beginning of this century, the woollen manufactures of Aberdeenshire were chiefly coarse slight cloths, called plaidens and fingroms, which were sold from 5d to 8d per ell.

[O.Sc. has fingering in sense 2. from 1611. Orig. uncertain, phs. from finger, because of some special operation with the fingers in the spinning, not now understood. Cf. Finger, II. 1.]

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"Fingerin(g) n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jan 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/fingering>

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