Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FRAMPLE, v., n. Also frammle.

I. v. To rumple, put in disorder, dishevel (Ayr. 1825 Jam.). Ppl.adj. frammled, confused, tangled. Hence frampler, a rowdy, quarrelsome person. Sc. 1820  Scott Monastery xxvii.:
A rude low-born frampler and wrangler.

II. n. A confused mass, a tangle (Ayr. 1880 Jam., 1900 E.D.D.), as of clothes or yarn (Ayr. 1811 W. Aiton Agric. Ayr. 691). Also adv. in comb. frimple-frample, in a confused, promiscuous or tangled manner (Sc. 1887 Jam.).

[Of doubtful origin. Phs. a conflation of Frumple and Fankle, Scott's frampler being influenced by obs. or dial. Eng. frampold, of a horse, fiery, mettlesome.]

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