From Middle English bukeram (“fine linen”), from Anglo-Norman bokeram, from Old French boquerant, bougherant (“fine cloth”), bougueran, probably ultimately from Bokhara.
buckram (usually uncountable, plural buckrams)
- A coarse cloth of linen or hemp, stiffened with size or glue, used in garments to keep them in the form intended, and for wrappers to cover merchandise.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1, Act II, Scene 4,
- Four rogues in buckram let drive at me—
- 1882: Buckram was probably from the first a stiffened material employed for lining, often dyed. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 557.
buckram (third-person singular simple present buckrams, present participle buckraming, simple past and past participle buckramed or buckrammed)
- (transitive) To stiffen with or as if with buckram.
Perhaps from earlier buckrams, from buck + ramps, ramsh (“wild garlic, ramson”). Compare Danish ramsløg (“ramson”), Swedish ramslök (“bear garlic, ramson”).
buckram (plural buckrams)
- A plant, Allium ursinum, also called ramson, wild garlic, or bear garlic.