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THRUMP, v., n. Also thrimp. [θrʌmp, θrɪmp]

I. v. 1. To press, push, crush, squeeze as in a throng of people (Lnk. 1825 Jam.), also in Nhb. dial. Lnk. 1825  Jam.:
I was thrumpit up.

2. Of a schoolboys' prank: to squeeze together the pupils sitting in the middle of a form by pushing and jostling from either end (Lnk., Rxb. 1825 Jam.).

3. See quot. s.Sc. c.1830  T. Wilkie in Proc. Bwk. Nat. Club (1916) 112:
And gif ye miss the mistic hour, When spirits have been raised by invokerie, To thrump ilk faithless wight. . . . It is firmly believed in the south of Scotland that there are spirits who constantly attend every person, and have the power at times given them, to take away the lives of their proteges. This is called thrumpin'.

II. n. The act of pushing or jostling, esp. as in I. 2. (Lnk., Rxb. 1825 Jam.).

[O.Sc. thrympand, = I. 1., 1513, variant of obs. Eng. thrum, id., with p from b in the O.Sc. deriv. thrymbil. See note to Thrummle.]

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"Thrump v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jan 2019 <>



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