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- summit, sommat, sommit
- sumat, summet, zumat, zummat, zummet, zummut (19th century)
- summut, zum'ot, summot (18th–19th centuries)
- sumet (17th century)
Dialectal variant of somewhat attested from the 18th century. Joseph Wright suggested that it might be a contraction of "some that" in A Grammar of the Dialect of Windhill (page 78).
summat (indefinite pronoun)
- (colloquial, England, especially Yorkshire, Lancashire) Something.
- 1809, Theodore Hook, “Killing No Murder”, in The Sporting Magazine, volume 34, number 202, page 185:
- ...every gentleman tips us summat, we looks for it as natural as possible.
- 1825 October 12, Walter Scott, Letters (published 1935), IX.245
- They require the atmosphere of a cigar and the amalgam of a sum'mat comfortable.
- 1947, Thomas Armstrong, King Cotton, page 53:
- Does he think I’ve been soaping up to the Governor or summat?
- 2006, Robin Jarvis, Thomas, page 20:
- Why go all the way to find summat that ain’t there?
summat (not comparable)