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Friday, October 03, 2014

Definitions for hempy

  1. Scot. mischievous; often in trouble for mischief.

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Citations for hempy
...and that there could not be a surer proof of the young hempy being his get, than that he had been a thief... John Galt, The Stolen Child, 1833
"Recollect ye!" he said; "by my troth do I.—Haud him a grip, gentlemen! —constables, keep him fast! Where that ill-deedy hempy is, ye are sure that Alan Fairford is not far off." Sir Walter Scott, Redgauntlet, 1824
Origin of hempy
late Middle English
Hempy comes from the late Middle English word hempi, which meant "made of hemp." This is thought to be a dark joke about one being fit for hanging by a hemp rope, and, by attenuation, mischievous.