Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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JIMP, n.3 Also jump. Prob. orig. a strip, slice or sliver of anything. Specif. a slip of leather put between the outer and inner soles of a shoe to give the appearance of thickness (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Sc. 1709 Philosoph. Trans. XXVII. 146:
After this I provided some Jumps, or Leather, such as Shoemakers use for the Heels of Shoes.
Abd. 1758 Abd. Council Register (25 Feb.):
Six Dozen of Leather Jumps for a Barrel Bulk.
Sc. 1774 J. Schaw Jnl. Lady of Quality (1923) 118:
A kingfish was soon caught which was cut into jumps and laid in the sun.

[Orig. doubtful. The earlier form is jump (O.Sc. 1673), phs. a variant of junk, chunk, with later change of vowel on analogy with Jimp, v.1]

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