Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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KIMS, v., n., adj. Cf. Himps, Himst.

I. v. ‡To toss or jerk the head or body (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)), e.g. as a sign of spirit or disdain (Ork. 1960). Ppl.adj. kimset, making such movements, restless, fidgetty, abrupt (Jak.). Adj. kimsey, proud, haughty, scornful, fussy. Ork. 1956 C. M. Costie Benjie's Bodle 15, 183:
Sheu wis a kimsey body an' liked tae see a' t'ing cheust so. . . . Sheu wis leukan fine an' kimsey wae a new blue cott an' a yellow hat.

II. n. A sudden jerky movement, a quick turn of the head or body (Ib.).

III. adj. = kimset above; frolicsome, silly (Ib.).

[Norw. kimse, to toss the head, as in scorn, Dan. kims, inclined to toss the head, scornful.]

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