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GINKUM, n. Also ginkim. [′gɪŋkəm]

1. A trick, dodge (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 62; Abd. 1954), an odd notion. Bch. 1903  Banffshire Jnl. (29 Sept.) 3:
“Ye haiverin, fule”, exclaimed the farmer, “what ginkim's this ye're aifter noo?”
Abd. 1923  R. L. Cassie Heid or Hert ii.:
It seems 'at naething is worth a thocht bit their ain newfanglet ginkums.

2. A habit, trait, mannerism (Abd.4 1928). In pl. also = fits of moodiness and irritableness (Bch. 1954). Mry. 1887  A. G. Wilken Peter Laing 42:
[The fox] had a ginkum o' jumpin' on a branch o' a tree owerhingin' a precipiece.
Abd. 1898  J. R. Imray Sandy Todd xi.:
I hae gotten in tae the ginkum o' late o' ca'in her by her maiden name.
Abd. 1932  R. L. Cassie Sc. Sangs 33:
Their ginkums mayna be aye wrang, But Scots folk canna reese.

[From Gink, n.1, + -Um, denominative suff. as in Doldrum, Quirklum, Trinkum. etc.]

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