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Thymmil, Thymbill, n. Also: thymyll, themmill, thimbell, thumbill, thumble, thoumble, timmele. [Late ME and e.m.E. themel, thymelle (both Hoccleve), thymbyl (Prompt. Parv.), themyl, thymbyll (both 15th c.), thimble (1591), OE þýmel, f. þúma thumb. Cf. ON þumall the thumb of a glove.] A thimble.(a) 1488 Treas. Acc. I 80.
A thing of gold with a top like a timmele
(b) 1505 Treas. Acc. III 172.
Item, for thymyllis, xviij d.
c1530-40 Stewart in Bann. MS 140a/25.
Thou ȝeid with elwand, scheir and thymmil, Full mony a day seikand thy craft
1569 Edinb. Test. I 284b.
Sevin dosan … thymmillis price of the dosane xxx d.
(c) 1575–6 Dumfries B. Ct. 20 Jan.
Item xvj themmills iiij balls
(d) 1575 Edinb. Test. III 362b.
Sex greit caisis of nedillis & thymbillis
1612 Bk. Rates (Halyb.) 331.
(e) 1624 Edinb. Test. LII 294b.
1662 Haigs of Bemersyde 472.
For a thumble 3 d.
(f) 1687 Montgomery Mem. 339.
Two silver thoumbles

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