from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rogue; a low, base fellow.
  • n. A promiscuous woman.
  • n. A limehound; a leamer.
  • n. A mongrel, such as a cross between the mastiff and hound.
  • n. A manrope at the side of a ladder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Limber.
  • n. A limehound; a leamer.
  • n. A mongrel, as a cross between the mastiff and hound.
  • n. A low, base fellow; also, a prostitute.
  • n. A man rope at the side of a ladder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete or dialectal form of limber.
  • n. A limehound; in general, a hound; in a later use, a mongrel hound.
  • n. Hence A low, base, or worthless person; a scoundrel; as applied to a woman, in a milder sense, a jade.
  • Base; low.
  • n. A dialectal variant of limber.
  • n. Nautical, a man-rope at the side of a ladder.


Origin uncertain; perhaps from limb, or French limier; see leamer. (Wiktionary)


  • “What signifies what we, were, ye street-raking limmer!” she exclaimed, pushing her daughter before her to the door, with no gentle degree of violence.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • It wad be sair news to the auld wife below the Ben of Stuckavrallachan, that you, ye Hieland limmer, had knockit out my harns, or that I had kilted you up in a tow.

    Rob Roy

  • ‘It was all owing to you, you limmer,’ said the vulgar woman to the other; ‘had you not interfered, the old man would soon have settled the boy.’


  • But sair ye'll greet, nou naebody'll speir onie nicht for ye, limmer. BRAW AND WITTY.

  • And a tongue that could jeer, too, the little limmer had,

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV. The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century

  • Hieland limmer, had knockit out my brains, or that I had got you strung up in a halter.

    Red Cap Tales Stolen from the Treasure Chest of the Wizard of the North

  • What is known in Scotland as a ` limmer, 'obviously.

    She Stands Accused

  • ‘Od, lad, queerly eneugh, ’ said Dandie; ‘but I’ll tell ye that after we are done wi’ our supper, for will maybe no be sae weel to speak about it while that lang-lugged limmer o’ a lass is gaun flisking in and out o’ the room.

    Chapter XLV

  • Skelpie-limmer’s-face, a technical term in female scolding (R. B.).


  • At that, dominie, I lost patience, and I whispered, fierce-like, 'Keep your foot to yoursel', you limmer! '

    The Little Minister


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  • The lamp of sweet reason grows dimmer
    And decency's quite gone aglimmer.
    He sucks up the light
    And brings on the night.
    The man is a lout and a limmer.

    August 7, 2016