gammer

[gam-er]
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noun British Archaic.

an old woman.

Nearby words

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  4. gammagram,
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  6. gammon,
  7. gammopathy,
  8. gammy,
  9. gamna's disease,
  10. gamna-gandy bodies

Origin of gammer

1565–75; contraction of godmother; cf. gaffer

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British Dictionary definitions for gammer

gammer

noun

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

gammer

n.

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

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