Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
I. v., tr. and intr. To turn upside down (ne.Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis, s.v. fumler; Mry.1 1925; ‡ne.Sc. 1953); to tumble the cat.
Bnff. 1847 A. Cumming Tales 45:
She fomled the bicker aboon his pow. Abd. 1867 Mrs Allardyce Goodwife 10:
There's naething like a timmer cap, . . . Ane's fommell't there to raise the barm. Bnff. 1889 Banffshire Jnl. (31 Dec.):
But tell me fat it's for. 'Odsakes! To mak' the bairns grow jimpin-jakes An fummle, fow, an' furl like snakes. Abd. 1950 Buchan Observer (15 Aug.):
The brose caup or bowl is usually “fommeled ower” the bowl of milk to keep it free from dust and the like.
†II. n. In pl.: the whip for a spinning-top (Abd. 1825 Jam.). Comb. fummel-stick, the whip handle.
Abd. 1840 W. Bannerman Abd. Worthies 94:
He could accommodate us with a piece of twine to tie on our new points on our fummel sticks.
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