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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
1400-1450
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.