Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GAMS, v. “To behave in a rude, reckless manner, making rough movements” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)). Ppl.adj. gamsin, gamsit, romping, rampagious (Sh. 1953). [gɑms] Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
He cam' in gamsin, he entered in a rude manner: shø's gamsin aboot her, of a cow desiring the bull: it is becoming wild, running about, kicking, etc.

[Norw. dial. gamsa, to play. jest; romp, dally.]

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