Definitions

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  • n. Fifteen in Cumbrian sheep counting.

Etymologies

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From Celtic numerals.

Examples

  • In Lincolnshire, England, during medieval times, a pimp plus a dik got you a bumfit.

    HERE’S LOOKING AT EUCLID

  • BUTT (if that he hids foregodden has nate of glozery farused ameet the florahs of the follest, his spent fish’s livid smile giving allasundery the bumfit of the doped).

    Finnegans Wake

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  • Well, that's the way it works, you have to pass the tetheradick stage before you can achieve a perfect bumfit. But reaching tetheradick only doesn't guarantee you'll achieve a bumfit.

    January 17, 2009

  • I was hoping for a perfect bumfit but only tetheradick of the welcoming committee showed up.

    January 17, 2009

  • Hi,

    I wonder if there is a connection between bumfit and umpteen?

    Especially as there seems to be some variation in spelling for bumfit, like umfit?

    The ump sound is just too close and the two words are obviously related to numbers and especially teens. In fact it seems like it could be a combination of fiteen and bumfit.

    Maybe I should go out more.........

    Any ideas?

    January 17, 2009

  • Trust I find you in fine fettle, friend. Stay well muffled up. Up here in the Pennines they still count sheep in the old lingo. Bumfit. Deep snow still lingering on here where none in their right minds would go marching.

    - Aidan Higgins, Under the Ice Shelf

    January 9, 2009

  • 15, as long as you are counting Welsh sheep.

    April 21, 2008