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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GUMPUS, n. A fool (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Hdg. 1908 J. Lumsden Th' Loudons 78; Bnff., Abd., Ags. 1955). [′gʌmpəs]Sc. 1825 Lockhart in Scott Letters (1894) II. 297:
Put that in your mouth, you gumpus.
Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 352:
O! ye gumpus that ye are! — na, na, na!
Gsw. 1922 N. F. Grant Valuable Rival 23:
Sit doon, ye gumpus, d'ye hear?

[From gump (see Gumph, n.1, 1.), id. + -Us, as in Docus, Gawpus.]

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