Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adj. dated, Scotland and N England neat; trim; delicate; slender; handsome; spruce; elegant.
- adj. dated, Scotland and N England scant; barely sufficient.
GNU Webster's 1913
“Only Shakspeare and Scott could have given us medicines to make us like this cowardly, conceited “jimp honest” fellow, Andrew”
“There was no sign of Lachesis and Clotho, but Atropos was writing at the table, and Annette was on hand, stony-eyed but mighty jimp in a gown that seemed to consist of flowers and gauze.”
“Sae saying, I gared him climb a rape by whilk he gat abune the riggin o 'the bield, then steeking to the door thro' whilk he gaed, I jimp had trailed doun the rape, when in rinned twa red coat chiels, who couping ilka ane i 'their gait begun to touzle out the ben, and the de'il gaed o'er Jock Wabster.”
“Every lady should read _A Simpleton_, and learn something of the monstrous wrong she inflicts upon herself by trying to compass an artificially-produced "middle sae jimp.”
“Here it might be said that the evident youth of the girl, who was dropped over the wall and fell on the point of the cruel Gordon's spear, accounts for her being "jimp and sma '.”
“How are they to know that the "jimp middle" of the ballads was in its jimpness in proportion to the shoulders?”
“From this it may be inferred that the "Lass of Lochroyan" did not owe her "middle jimp" to any very deadly artificial means of compression.”
“Her cheeks they are dimpled, her jimp waist is sma ',”
“Do I look so terrible old, Gilian, that you cannot think of me as not so bad-looking either, with a bonny eye, they said, and a jimp waist, and a foot like the honey-bee?”
“I dinna ken what use thae soshilist triangles an 'ither feelimageeries like hen's taes are genna be to you, but I howp they'll no' be learnin 'ye to gie fowk jimp wecht, or it'll juist be the ruin o' your trade.”
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