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Gimmer, Gymmer, n. Also: gimmyr, -or, -ar, gimer; gymmyr, -ar, gymer; gylmyr. [e.m.E. gimer, ME. gymbyre, -ure (c 1425), ON. gymbr, gimbr (Icel., Fær. gimbur, Norw. gimber, gymb(e)r, gymmr, Sw. gimber, gimmer).] A year-old ewe. (Freq. as plural.)(a) 14.. Acts II. 4/2.
A gait, a gymer, or a dynmont
1482 Acta Aud. 99/2.
The actioune … anent the spulȝe & slauchter of ijc gymmyr & dynmont
1483 Ib. *123/2.
Thretti sex scheip, of thaim xiij wederis … and the remanent gymmer and dynmonth
1509–10 Rentale Dunkeld. fol. 81 b.
Centum trigenta nouem lie gymmer & dynmond
1511–2 Ib. fol. 140.
Lie gymmar … , lie dynmonth
1516 Fam. Rose 190.
viijxx gimmor and dinmontis
1547 Misc. Spald. C. V. 313.
xi score vij hoges, and v score iiij gymmers
1593 Brechin Test. I. 109.
Auchtene scheip, thairof xij ȝowis and gymmeris, the rest dulmondis
1612 Edinb. Test. XLVII. 4.
Fourtie fyve gymmer, dynmount, and outcummit hogis
1627 Ib. LIV. 142 b.
xx gimer & dimond
1661 Buccleuch Mun. II. 308.
Aucht hundereth wedderis, … sex hundereth ȝewis, hogis, and gimmeris
1674 Melrose Reg. Rec. II. 376.
[To pay 95 merks as the price of] 23 gimmares and ane outcomed hog
attrib. 1567 Edinb. Test. I. 34 b.
Tuelf scheip, gymmer and dynmonth
1580 Brechin Test. I. 31 b.
Ten gymmer and dilmond scheipe
(b) 1549 Compl. 66/33.
Baytht ȝouis and lammis, … gylmyrs and dilmondis, and mony herueist hog

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