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LAMETER, n. Also la(i)miter, lametar; limiter (Ork. 1929 Marw.); leminter (Arg. 1882 Arg. Herald (3 June)), lemander (Arg.); and corrupt lerbitter (Abd. 1919 T.S.D.C.), lamert [ < lame + -art] (Rxb. 1960). A lame or crippled person or occas. animal (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Uls. 1901 Northern Whig; Dmf. 1920; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 252; Ork., Cai., Mry., Abd., em.Sc., Ayr., sm.Sc. 1960). Also attrib. [′lemɪtər] Gall. 1717  Session Bk. Penninghame (1933) I. 388:
A broken seman . . . ¥00 04 00; three poor . . . ¥00 03 00; a lamiter . . . ¥00 04 00 [limiter, Ib. II. 190].
Rxb. c.1800  Memoirs S. Sibbald (Hett 1926) 167:
As I am a lameter I ha'na been able to travel.
Sc. 1816  Scott B. Dwarf xvii.:
Though you may think him a lamiter.
Ayr. 1822  Galt Entail xiii.:
Jenny Hirple, a lameter woman, who went round among the houses of the heritors of the parish with a stilt.
Edb. 1828  D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch xvi.:
Ill with an income in her leg, which threatened to make a lameter of her in her old age.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xxxviii.:
Dawvid's been a perfeck laimiter wi' a sair fit.
Ags. 1894  J. Inglis Oor Ain Folk 134:
Our pet aversion . . . was a snivelling, watery-eyed “lamiter mannie”.
Kcb. 1895  Crockett Moss-Hags xliii.:
Like a lameter hirplin' on two staves!
m.Sc. 1927  J. Buchan Witch Wood iii.:
The Germany wars have made lameters of the both of us.

[Not in O.Sc. Appar. from lamit, lamed, + -er, personal n.suff., in imitation of curator, debitor, servitor, etc.]

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