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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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STIM, n. A haze, a mist, e.g. on the sea, on a cold surface like glass, etc. (Ork. 1929 Marw.). Derivs. stimmy, adj., hazy, foggy (Id.; Sh., Ork. 1971), stim(m)is, n., fig. of a state of uncertainty or doubt, a daze. stupefaction. [stɪm]Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 127:
He gantit aroond him i' a stimis.
Ork. 1956 C. M. Costie Benjie's Bodle 112:
Thir wis a stim rising aaf o' the sea, a kind o' haet haze.

[Orig, uncertain. Marw. compares Swed. dial. stimba, stimma, to steam, steam, fog. But the word may, despite Marw., be a borrowing from Steam [stem].]

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