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RUMPLE, n. Also rumpell (Fif. 1703 E. Henderson Annals Dunfermline (1879) 374). [rʌmpl]

1. Of an animal: the rump, tail, haunches (Sh., Cai. 1968). Also attrib. Also in n.Eng. dial. Sc. 1703  Foulis Acct. Bk. (S.H.S.) 319:
For a rumple peice of beif . . . 10s.
Fif. 1718  Burgess Ticket Buckhaven 2:
[He] gave in his great Solemn Oath upon a Skate Rumple.
Sc. 1736  Ramsay Proverbs (1777) 84:
Ye ride sae near the rumple ye'll let nane lowp on behind you.
Rxb. 1755  Caled. Mercury (15 May):
The Grey Mare stands a little on the lyert or glead Colour, a little high on the Rumple where the Seat lies.
Kcb. 1789  D. Davidson Seasons 61:
Some [cattle] . . . rub their yeuky rumples on the turf.
Fif. 1806  A. Douglas Poems 189:
Nae mair the Nine I will invoke, On Pegasus' lean rumple cock.
Abd. 1828  P. Buchan Ballads I. 259:
He rade on the rumple, wi' the tail in his hand.
Sh. 1898  Shetland News (30 April):
Black wi' a white bit apo' da rumple.

2. Of a person: the buttocks, the posterior, the seat (Sh. 1968). Sc. 1722  W. Hamilton Wallace iii. i.:
Syn at the Lown a fearfull Fleg let flee, That from his Rumple shear'd away his Thigh.
Lnk. a.1779  D. Graham Writings (1883) I. 87:
Badly arm'd, as you may ken; . . . Old scythes, with their rumples even.
Abd. 1825 ,
Jam., s.v. Reekim:
I'll gar your rumple reek, i.e. “I will dust your coat for you.”
Nai. 1828  W. Gordon Poems 217:
Maggie tumbling on a heckle Dabb'd her rumple to the bane.
Slk. 1829  Hogg Shep.Cal. (1874) ii.:
A stiff lounder across the rumple.
Abd. 1845  P. Still Cottar's Sunday 79:
While ower his [Satan's] rumple large an' lang The conquer'd hero's carcase hang.
Sc. 1895  R. Ford Thistledown 3:
Rax a rung frae the boggars o' the hoose and reeshil his rumple wi't.

Combs. and phr.: (1) rumple-bane, the rump-bone, the coccyx (Sc. 1825 Jam.; I.Sc., Cai., Ayr., Rxb. 1968); (2) rumple-fyke, an itch in the bottom; fig. sexual appetite; (3) rumple-knot, see quot.; (4) rumple-ready, sexually amenable, of easy virtue (Mry.1 1925, Mry. 1968); (5) rumple-routie, a jingling formation in a child's riddle, = 2.; (6) to cut its rumple, to cut (a matter) short. (1) Sc. 1776  D. Herd Sc. Songs II. 229:
She's fa'n o'er the buffet-stool And brake her rumple-bane.
Ayr. 1834  Galt Liter. Life III. 36:
Bauldy was fashed with the lumbagos in his rumple bone.
Abd. 1918  J. Mitchell Bydand 17:
Jock's heid wis hard's a stane An' teuch's an aul' steer's rumple-bane.
Edb. 1935  :
The fag-end of an Edinburgh street-child's rhyme ran: — “And if we meet the pollisman We'll brak his rumple-bane.”
(2) Kcb. 1789  D. Davidson Seasons 91:
Sue Cumberlaw an' Helen Don Fell, belly-flaught, on Doctor John Wha cur'd the rumple-fyke, man.
(3) Edb. 1825  R. Chambers Traditions II. 59:
The Rumple-Knot was a large bunch of ribbons worn at the peak of the waist behind.
(5) Sc. 1847  R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes 157:
I sat upon my houtie croutie, I lookit ower my rumple routie.
(6) Dmb. 1817  J. Walker Poems 98:
Till tir'd thro' many a loop an' wimple, They quat the plea, or cut its rumple.

3. Nonce usage: the Rump Parliament of 1648–1660. Sc. 1725  Ramsay Gentle Shep. ii. i.:
Monk . . . plaid the Rumple a right slee begunk.

[Dim. form of Eng. rump. O.Sc. rumpill, = 2., c.1500.]

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