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tammy1

or tam·mie

[tam-ee]
noun
  1. a fabric of mixed fibers, constructed in plain weave and often heavily glazed, used in the manufacture of linings and undergarments.
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Origin of tammy1

1630–40; perhaps back formation from obsolete French tamise kind of glossy cloth (taken as plural)
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Examples from the Web for tammie

Historical Examples

  • Thus encouraged, Johnny opened the door, and in trotted Tammie hearty and hale.

    Cats

    W. Gordon Stables

  • Mither, exclaimed Johnny to his parent, thats Tammie at the door.

    Cats

    W. Gordon Stables

  • For guid sake, Tammie, haud your tongue; dinna deave the ladies.

    Merkland

    Mrs. Oliphant

  • I used to take them pieces when they were wee bairns—ye mind, Tammie?

    Merkland

    Mrs. Oliphant

  • Hout, Tammie, yere aye meat-hale, responded her brisker sister.

    Merkland

    Mrs. Oliphant


British Dictionary definitions for tammie

tammy1

noun plural -mies
  1. a glazed woollen or mixed fabric, used for linings, undergarments, etc
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Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin

tammy2

noun plural -mies
  1. another word for tam-o'-shanter
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tammy3

noun plural -mies
  1. Also called: tammy cloth, tamis (esp formerly) a rough-textured woollen cloth used for straining sauces, soups, etc
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verb -mies, -mying or -mied
  1. (tr) (esp formerly) to strain (sauce, soup, etc) through a tammy
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Word Origin

C18: changed (through influence of tammy 1) from French tamis, perhaps of Celtic origin; compare Breton tamouez strainer
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