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[gam-er]
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noun British Archaic.
  1. an old woman.

Origin of gammer

1565–75; contraction of godmother; cf. gaffer
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Examples from the Web for gammer

Historical Examples

  • The present edition of "Gammer Gurton's Needle" is printed from that of 1575.

    A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 3

    Various

  • Come to the justice of the peace, Gammer Gurton, and I forgive you!

  • "Gammer Gurton's Garland" was again printed, with additions, 1809, in 8vo.

  • Even Warton fondly lingered in an apology for the grossness of the “Gammer.”

  • Finally it is found sticking in the breech of Gammer Gurton's man Hodge.

    Gammer Gurton's Needle

    Mr. S. Mr. of Art


British Dictionary definitions for gammer

gammer

noun
  1. rare, mainly British a dialect word for an old woman: now chiefly humorous or contemptuousCompare gaffer (def. 1)

Word Origin

C16: probably alteration of godmother or grandmother
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gammer

n.

"old woman," 1570s, contraction of grandmother (cf. gaffer).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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