noun British Archaic.

an old woman.

Origin of gammer

1565–75; contraction of godmother; cf. gaffer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gammer



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

Word Origin for gammer

C16: probably alteration of godmother or grandmother
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Word Origin and History for gammer

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

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