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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Cramery, n. Also: cramerie, cramrie, -ry; craimrie. [MDu. kraemerije, MLG. crâmerie: see Crame and cf. Cremary.]

1. Merchandise such as is sold by a stall-holder or pedlar. 1540 Lynd. Sat. 4501 (B).
With my cramery [Ch. merchandise] gif ȝe list mell, Heir I haif foly hattis to sell
1554 St. Giles Chart. p. cv.
The prouest, baillies [etc.] … licencis Andro Heleis and George Tournour to … sell thair cramery
1622 Edinb. Test. LI. 275.
Certane small cramrie estimat to sex pundis
1626–7 Glasgow Chart. II. 581.
Annetis 20 lb. wecht, granis 30 lb. wecht, cramerie 4 lb.

2. Attrib. with wair (ware). 1538 Irvine Mun. I. 41.
Chepmen haldis plane buthis, and sellis all maner of small marchandice and cramry wair and will nocht produce the samyn to the market
1575 Edinb. Test. III. 328.
In hir crame & pack of small merchandice and cramerie waris … thrie boltis of pasmentis [etc.]
1580 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 184.
Thomas Lamb, candilmaker … accuset for … selling and topping of cramery waires
1620 Edinb. Test. L. 314.
Certane littill small craimrie wairis, sick as beidis, quhissillis, brusis, and bairnes plaigis
1639 Ib. LIX. 122.
Certane … small cramerie wair

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