mimmerkin

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Etymology[edit]

From mimmer +‎ -kin. Cognate with Scots mimmerkin, memmerkin (a dwarf, dwarfish creature). Compare also mimmering (doting, dreaming).

Noun[edit]

mimmerkin (plural mimmerkins)

  1. A dotard.
    • 1568 (1508), W. Kennedy, Flyting (Bannatyne) 29 in P. Bawcutt Poems of W. Dunbar (1998) I. 201:
      Mandrag, mymmerkin, maid maister bot in mows.
  2. (UK dialectal, Scotland) A deformed or freakish person; a dwarf or dwarfish creature.