Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A dialectal (Scotch) form of simple.

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  • [3] According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "semple" is an "obsolete form of sampler," as "to give a Semplar or Specimen of what may be done."

    Letter from Robert Carter to [Governor William Gooch,] May 21, 1728

  • Is social media a peculiarly female phenomenon as it is uncontrolled + unhierarchical? euan semple @womenintech soc media event #

    SQHQ» Blog Archive » Twitter Digest for 2010-03-15

  • I’se warrant they’ll tak ye in, whether ye be gentle or semple.

    Chapter I

  • ` ` And I'll be his second, 'said Simon of Hackburn, ` ` and take up ony twa o ye, gentle or semple, laird or loon; it's a' ane to Simon. ''

    The Black Dwarf

  • We often 'as 'em' ere sempling the cawfee, but blessed if they ever wanted to semple a bed afore.

    The Christian A Story

  • A puir, semple, God-fearin 'shepherd,' at never gae his dog an ill-deserved word, nor took the skin o 'ony puir lammie, wha's woo' he was clippin ', atween the shears.

    David Elginbrod

  • "Wha kens but that maybe 'cause i 'their verra natur' they're ower semple for cr'aturs like hiz 'at's made sae mixed-like, an' see sae little intill the hert o 'things?"

    The Marquis of Lossie

  • The things the astronomer tellt semple fowk war verra won'erfu ', but I couldna fin' i 'my hert' at they made me think ony mair o 'God nor I did afore.

    Donal Grant, by George MacDonald

  • There were neither lifeboats nor mortar-apparatus in those days, but there were the same willing hearts and stout arms then as now, and in a marvellously short space of time, hundreds of the able-bodied men of the town, gentle and semple, were assembled on these wild cliffs, with torches, rope, etcetera; in short, with all the appliances for saving life that the philanthropy of the times had invented or discovered.

    The Lighthouse

  • There were neither lifeboats nor mortar-apparatus in those days, but there were the same willing hearts and stout arms then as now, and in a marvellously short space of time, hundreds of the able-bodied men of the town, gentle and semple, were assembled on these wild cliffs, with torches, rope, &c.; in short, with all the appliances for saving life that the philanthropy of the times had invented or discovered.

    The Lighthouse

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