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SKIMP, v., n. Also shkimp-, skyimp-, skjimp; skim (Ork.). [sk(j)ɪmp]

I. v. tr. and absol. To poke fun (at), to banter or indulge in raillery (with), mock, speak sarcastically (about) (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1914 Angus Gl., skjimp; Ork. 1929 Marw.; Sh. 1970). Ppl.adj. skimpin, joking, scoffing (Edm.). Phr. to hae gotten on one's skimpin-shune, id. (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)). Sh. 1836  Gentleman's Mag. II. 593:
Ta gaar aa da fokk i wirr ples ta tink it I wiz skimpin demm.
Sh. 1862  Shetland Advert. (3 Nov.):
I tought Adie wiz only skimpin' me.
Sh. 1900  Shetland News (19 May):
Doo wid only skjimp an' laugh.
Sh. 1931  Shetland Times (14 March) 7:
I nivir wis muckle o' a een fir skjimpin' ony unkan body.

II. n. Raillery, good-humoured banter, mild sarcasm or mockery (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1970). Hence skimpfoo, skyimpy, sarcastic (Sh. 1970). Sh. 1877  G. Stewart Fireside Tales 93:
Dy skimp is wilcome.
Sh. 1879  Shetland Times (2 Aug.):
Nane ever heard a shkimpfoo wird frae dem.
Sh. 1897  Shetland News (15 May):
Skimp, I can tell dee, düsna suit dee.
Sh. 1950  New Shetlander No. 20. 25:
Da sam auld fun and skimp.
Sh. 1968  New Shetlander No. 84. 18:
I tocht him very skyimpy.

[Cf. Icel. skimpa, to scoff at, scorn.]

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"Skimp v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Apr 2019 <>



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