Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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FRIMSE, n. Also frimp(se). A gesture of distaste, disdain or impatience; “a display of peevishness” (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1952, frimp(se)). Sh. 1897 Shetland News (3 July):
Wi' dat Bawby turn'd hir wi' a frimpse.
Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 16:
Da corne o' marjereen, 'at Girzzie clatched doon wi' a frimse an' a feech.

[Origin doubtful. Prob. altered forms of Eng. frump, a jeer, flout, in pl., sulks. Cf. Frums, Frump.]

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