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DAMMISH, Daimis, Dameis, Damis, v. To stun, to stupefy (Abd. 1825 Jam.2, daimis), found only in ppl.adj. dammished, damised, dameist, stunned, bewildered; “inept, inert, inactive, stupified” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., damised). Sc. 1721–22 R. Wodrow Hist. Sufferings Church of Scot. II. 25:
He was perfectly dammished with the stroke; and when he recovered his senses, he thought it convenient to ly still in the place as dead.
Bnff.2 1946:
The ba' strack him fair on the broo' an' he wiz sair dammished.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 18:
Hallach'd an' dameist, an' scarce at her sell, Her limbs they faicked under her an fell.

[O.Sc. has dammis, dammis(c)h, dammes, damish, a.1585, to render powerless, to stun or stupefy, also ppl.adj. dammist, -est (D.O.S.T.). Phs. a variant of Eng. damage, cf. Damish. O.Fr. has damachier, damacier, to spoil (Godefroy (1880–1900)).]

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