wame

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Northern form of womb, from Old English wamb.

Noun[edit]

wame (plural wames)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) The belly.
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 26:
      everybody knows what they are, the Gourdon fishers, they'd wring silver out of a corpse's wame and call stinking haddocks perfume fishes and sell them at a shilling a pair.

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English wamb (belly).

Noun[edit]

wame (plural wames)

  1. belly
  2. womb
  3. (figuratively) heart, mind
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy:
      "why, Andrew, you know all the secrets of this family.". "If I ken them, I can keep them," said Andrew; "they winna work in my wame like harm in a barrel, I'se warrant ye."