- an old woman.
Origin of gammer
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Examples from the Web for gammer
The present edition of "Gammer Gurton's Needle" is printed from that of 1575.
Come to the justice of the peace, Gammer Gurton, and I forgive you!Henry VIII And His Court
"Gammer Gurton's Garland" was again printed, with additions, 1809, in 8vo.Gammer Gurton's Garland
Even Warton fondly lingered in an apology for the grossness of the “Gammer.”Amenities of Literature
Finally it is found sticking in the breech of Gammer Gurton's man Hodge.Gammer Gurton's Needle
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- rare, mainly British a dialect word for an old woman: now chiefly humorous or contemptuousCompare gaffer (def. 1)
C16: probably alteration of godmother or grandmother
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Word Origin and History for gammer
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