Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fumble; do anything imperfectly or irresolutely.
  • To touch something lightly.
  • noun The male plants of hemp, which, being soonest ripe, are picked out by hand from among the female, which are left to ripen their seed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • Light summer hemp, that bears no seed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the male hemp plant

Etymologies

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From Dutch femel, from Low German fimel, from French (chanvre) femelle ‘female (hemp)’.

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  • to touch lightly

    March 8, 2010