Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
WAME, n., v. Also waim, weam, †weme, †weem (Sc. 1771 T. Pennant Tour 1769 161); wambe (Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 98), wemb(e); ¶whame (Abd. 1868 W. Shelley Wayside Flowers 59); wyme, weym, weim(e), wime; and in dims. wamie, wymie. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. womb. [we:m; ne., em.Sc.(a) wəim]
I. n. 1. As in Eng., the womb, uterus (Cai. 1905 E.D.D.; Uls. 1929; Cai. 1973). Also in n.Eng. dial. Phr. a red weam, parturition. See Redd, v.1, 4. (4) (i).
Bnff. 1787 W. Taylor Poems 35:
Man naked comes frae Minnie's wyme. n.Sc. 1802 Lord Ingram and Chiel Wyet in
Child Ballads No. 66 B. ii.:
Lord Ingram and Gil Viett Were baith laid in ae wame. Sc. 1879 P. H. Waddell Isaiah xlvi. 3:
Frae the wame, I hae liften an' carried yo.
2. In various senses of Eng. belly (Sc. 1808 Jam., s.v. Wambe; Cai. 1905 E.D.D.; Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson; Ork. 1929 Marw. s.v. Wab o' the wame). Gen.Sc. Also in n.Eng. dial.; in some contexts not very distinguishable from sense 1. Phrs.: a sair wame, stomach-ache (Sc. 1825 Jam.; ne.Sc. 1973). See Sair, adj., 1. 4. (13); athort one's wame, in spite of or in defiance of one (Abd. 1825 Jam.); the wind of one's wame, speech, talk, discussion; the worst word in one's wame, the most virulent abuse, the worst words one can find.
Sc. 1718 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 82:
The Rim O' er Wame he clap't his Dock on. Edb. 1727 A. Pennecuik Coll. Sc. Poems (1750) 69:
Contrived them for to hide her Wame, When it grew big. Abd. 1754 R. Forbes Ajax 5:
'Tis better then, the cause we try Wi' the wind o' our wame. Edb. 1772 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 68, 80:
Glakit fools, o'er rife o' cash, Pamper their weyms wi' fousom trash . . . Hap ye weel, baith back and wame, In gude Braid claith. Ayr. 1786 Burns Reply to Trimming Ep. ii.:
I gie their wames a random pouse. Slk. 1818 Hogg B. of Bodsbeck xiv.:
It surely coudna be a duty, when my hands war tied ahint my back, to kick me i' the wame. Sc. 1824 Scott Redgauntlet Letter xi.:
The worst word in his wame — thief, beggar, and dyvour, were the saftest terms. Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 79:
Sair wauchled the hizzies were or they gat hame, . . . And twa 'r-three moons after did swaul i' the wame. Kcb. 1894 Crockett Raiders xxxvi.:
Pussy bawdrons when she has half a pund o' fresh butter in her wame. Ags. 1906 Rymour Club Misc. I. 53:
— To a Child at the Breast — Wamie to wamie, Handie to back, Breestie to mouie, Clap, airsie, clap. Rxb. 1925 E. C. Smith Mang Howes 13:
Wui ma wame fowe, ma thochts redd thersels the better oot. Abd. 1946 J. C. Milne Orra Loon 20:
I didna thmnk te see you here! An foo's the bairnie's wime? A bittie better? Gweed be praised!
Also in proverbial phrs.:
Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 27:
A foul Foot makes a full Weime. Sc. 1825 Jam.:
What's in your wame [or wyme]'s no in your testament. Sc. 1832 A. Henderson Proverbs 16:
It's weel won that's won aff the wame . . . Lay your wame to your winning. Sc. 1870 A. Hislop Proverbs 157:
His wame thinks his wizen's cut — Expressive of the most extreme hunger. Cai. 1916 J. Mowat Proverbs 7:
'E calf is eaten in 'e coo's weym — wages spent before they are earned. ne., em.Sc. 1972 (a) :
Your ee's bigger nor your wame — you have helped yourself to more than you can eat.
3. Used transf. as the seat of the passions or of the thoughts: the heart, mind, head. Cf. the similar semantic development of Gr. φρενες.
Sc. 1817 Scott Rob Roy vi.:
“Why, Andrew, you know all the secrets of this family.” “If I ken them I can keep them,” said Andrew; “they winna work in my wame like barm in a barrel.” Knr. 1886 H. Haliburton Horace 31:
There's Watty wi' the budget in his wime. Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 133:
I whummled Tam's case through my wame ae nicht with a hue of toddy. Ags. 1927 L. Spence Weirds & Vanities 1:
Wi' Vergil in my loof Troy warked sae greatly in my wame.
4. Specif., of tripe or viscera used as food; a paunch; also of salmon-roe removed whole.
Sc. 1700 Sc. Register (1794) 278:
For dressing 19 wemb of tripes at 1s. per wemb. Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 116:
Whare Wames o' Paunches sav'ry scent To Nostrils gi'e great Discontent. s.Sc. 1847 T. T. Stoddart Angler's Comp. 161:
Salmon-roe as a bait for angling with . . . is either cured entire, that is, as it is taken from the fish in the form of what is provincially termed the waim; or . . . reduced to a paste.
5. In transf. senses: (1) a hollow, a cavity.
Sc. 1816 Scott Antiquary vii.:
In a wreath o' snaw, or in the wame o' a wave. Sc. 1871 P. H. Waddell Psalms lv. 23:
Yersel sal thring them down, O God, till the wame o' the sheugh!
(2) a sufficiency of space, room.
Lnk. 1856 Deil's Hallowe'en 22:
Auld Pandemonium's meikle ha' Had hardly wame to haud them a'.
(3) the bottom row of peats in a bank (Cai. 1973).
6. Combs. and derivs.: (1) big-wimed, see Big, adj., 2. Combs. (10); (2) black -wambed, see s.v.; (3) red wame, the char, Salvelinus alpinus (Inv. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 VIII. 504). See Reid, adj., 1. (76); (4) wamefu, -fow, a bellyful (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Mry. 1925; Uls. 1929; Ags. 1973). Also in n.Eng. dial.; (5) wame-girt, -gird, a belly-band, a saddle-girth (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1973). See Gird, n.1, Girth, n.1; ¶(6) wame-hauden, contained in the stomach; ¶(7) wame-smith, an obstetrician; ¶(8) wame-ware, “belly-timber”, food; (9) wamie, -(e)y, big-bellied, corpulent (Lnk. 1825 Jam.; Fif. 1899 Proc. Philos. Soc. Gsw. XXXI. 40; Ags., Fif. 1973); (10) waminess, corpulence (Lnk. 1825 Jam.).
(3) Sc. 1723 W. Macfarlane Geog. Coll. (S.H.S.) I. 134:
It produces of fishes rid weams, trouts and some salmond. (4) Sc. 1722 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) III. 25:
To drink his Wamefu' of the Sea. Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 82:
That cruds, their weamfu', they sud get on haste. Ayr. 1786 Burns Dedic. G. Hamilton 12:
This may do — maun do, sir, wi' them wha Maun please the great-folk for a wamefou. Rxb. 1805 A. Scott Poems 163:
Let ne'er a wamefu' be a missing But gie us routh o' food. Sc. 1824 Scott St Ronan's Well x.:
A wame-fu' is a wame-fu' whether it be of the barleymeal or the bran. Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xviii.:
He had gotten his wamefu' o' guid whey-whullions. Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 372:
The deer tak' a wimefu' o' neeps. Kcb. 1894 Crockett Lilac Sunbonnet xxxvii.:
A wamefu' o' green heather-taps. (5) Sh. 1897 Shetland News (6 Nov.):
Wark only for horses, as lang as I hed ane ta pit a wymegird an' flakkie apon. Sh. 1949 J. Gray Lowrie 26:
Ye cood juist heuk da bight o' da maeshie fettel ower yon croilk apon his [a camel's] back, an' ye wid need nedder gointack or wamegirt. (6) Gsw. 1877 A. G. Murdoch Laird's Lykewake 53:
No withoot jum'lin' their wame-hauden drummack. (7) Kcb. 1815 J. Gerrond Works 102:
Lang or the wame-smith reached our inn Jack cleared his way. (8) Dmf. 1808 Scots Mag. (Aug.) 608:
To thee, great keuk o' kintra' fare, We owe this wale o' a' wame-ware. (9) Clc. 1882 J. Walker Poems 224:
Thou grew as fat's a wamy bailie. Lnk. 1883 A. R. Fisher Poems 93:
And sow-killer Jamie Though barely as wamie Still waddles his way through the thrang. s.Sc. 1898 E. Hamilton Mawkin v.:
Better to be a liesh, light-footed lassie running about the moors than a great wamie, fruesome wife.
II. v. To fill oneself with food (Rxb. 1825 Jam.). Now arch.
s.Sc. 1898 E. Hamilton Mawkin xvi.:
Thae twa napper-o'-naps is waming themselves with a gigot of Branxholm mutton. Gall. 1900 R. J. Muir Mystery Muncraig iv.:
It's the duty o' a lawborous man to eat and wame himsel'.
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