Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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JIMP, adj., adv., v.2 I. 1. Add to defin.: (Edb., Ayr. 2000s). Add quot.: m.Sc. 1979  George Campbell Hay in Joy Hendry Chapman 23-4 (1985) 86:
Jimp an' trigg an' gleg an' aa,
ilka day is gled an' braw,
dae ye think the past is fell
an' the mair nations the mair hell?

I. 2. Add to defin.: (Bnff., Fif., Edb., Ayr., Dmf., Rxb. 2000s). Add quots.: Bwk. 1997  :
Gey jimp — describes clothes which are too skimpy for the viewer's taste.
Sc. 2004  Northern Echo 31 Mar 13:
In an attempt to improve Anglo Scottish relations therefore, or to understand them when they come calling, readers are invited to translate the following ten sentences into Queen's English. ... 4. Her skirt is right jimp.

II. Add: II. 2. Neatly, tidily.wm.Sc. 1987  Anna Blair Scottish Tales (1990) 60:
James looked round the jimp-kept room with its swept lumstone and scrubbed table.

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