verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- scrimp and save,
- scrip dividend,
- scrip issue
Origin of scrimshaw
Examples from the Web for scrimshaw
Dr. Scrimshaw died of congestive heart failure on Friday at the age of 95.
But our carpenter was a famous workman at "scrimshaw," and he started half a dozen walking-sticks forthwith.
The great jaw-pans were sawn off, and placed at the disposal of anybody who wanted pieces of bone for "scrimshaw," or carved work.
The laying of bituminous pavements in this country began in 1869, and they were first made of tar concrete, or Scrimshaw.
- an article made in this manner
- such articles collectively
Word Origin for scrimshaw
1864, "A nautical word of unstable orthography" [Century Dictionary], back-formation from scrimshander ("Moby Dick," 1851), scrimshonting (1825), American English, of unknown origin. Scrimshaw is an English surname, attested from mid-12c., from Old French escremisseor "fencing-master."