from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the relationship of a godmother to the other god-parents, and the legal parents, of a child.
- n. a female companion or intimate (of another woman)
- n. lass, the feminine equivalent of "fellow"
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gossip; a friend or an acquaintance.
- n. Any woman; specifically, a girl or young woman.
- n. A midwife.
- n. A witch.
“Did I know Kate Happer?” replied the widow; “as well as the beggar knows his dish — a canty quean was Kate, and a special cummer of my ain maybe twenty years syne.”
“Ay, truly, cummer; and as poor Oliver often mistook friends for enemies while he was in life, his judgment cannot be thought to have mended now.”
“Take back your beads, cummer; I know no legerdemain, can do no conjuring tricks,” said the mediciner, who, more moved than perhaps his rugged nature had anticipated, endeavoured to avoid receiving the ill omened gift.
Quene, to have drawin our brethren of Edinburgh and thame in cummer; swa that sche mycht have had ony cullorat occatioun to have brokin the liegue with thame.
But yit he had devised to have cutt of such as he thought mycht cummer him; for he had appointed the haill gentilmen of Fyff to have mett him at Falkland, the Mononday after that he was slane upoun the
Now the gossip was very fond of his cummer, and used often to go and visit her.
"_Gnursi, cummari_" ( "Certainly, cummer"), said her gossip; so off they went.
The gossip and his cummer sinned against St. John.
The husband was set at liberty, and the gossip and his cummer were sent to the gallows.
"May be the Highland tyke is right, cummer, (said one o 'the red coats) and the fallow is jumpit thro' the bole, but harkye maister gudeman, an ye hae ony mair o 'your barns-breaking wi us, ye'se get a sark fu' o 'sair banes, that's a'."