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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FUMPER, v., n. n.Sc. forms and usages of whimper. See P.L.D. §§ 59, 134.

I. v. 1. As in Eng. (Cai.7, Abd.27 1940).Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 18:
Sair was she catcht, for ilka now an' then, She'd start an' fumper, an' fa' o'er again.

2. To whisper (Cai. 1900 E.D.D.).

II. n. A slight rumour, a whisper of a report.Cai.9 1939:
I hevna heard a fumper o'd.

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