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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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RUMMISS, v., n. Also rummys; rumish. Cf. Reemis.

I. v. 1. To make a rumbling noise, to roar, rage (Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis).

2. To knock over with a crash.Ayr. 1790 J. Fisher Poems 151:
Meg rumish'd owr the spinning wheel.

II. n. A resounding crash or rumble.Cld. 1818 Scots Mag. (Dec.) 503:
Down cam the wearifu' milkhouse, an' the haill en' o' the byre neest it, wi' an awsome rummiss.

[O.Sc. rummissing, din, uproar, c.1480, rummys, to make a din or loud protest, 1513. N.E.D. postulates an O.Fr. *rumir, romir, with sim. meanings, appar. surviving in Mid.Eng. romy, to cry aloud, roar.]

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