Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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NIMSH, n. Also nimsch, and dim. and aphetic forms nimshie (Ags. 1964), knimschie, imsch (Mry.1 1925; Cai., Bnff., Abd. 1964), -ie, -ach (Bnff. 1945), -lach (Abd. 1945). A very small piece, the slightest bit, a fragment (Abd.13 1910). Abd. 1919 T.S.D.C.:
Here's a knimschie of cheese.
Abd. 1922 Swatches o' Hamespun 62:
The orra sloosht wytit or she gid by, an' made a grabbach at her cwite-tails, but jist skuffed them the wee'st imschie.
Abd. 1928 N. Shepherd Quarry Wood ii.:
An' the birdies 'll be nane the waur o' a nimsch of cake.

[Phs. a conflation of Nimp and pinch, inch.]

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"Nimsh n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 25 May 2020 <>



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