tam-o'-shanter love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tight-fitting Scottish cap or braided bonnet, sometimes having a pompon, tassel, or feather in the center.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A traditional Scottish wool hat, with a bobble in the centre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of Scotch cap of wool, worsted, or the like, having a round, flattish top much wider than the band which fits the head, and usually having a tassel in the center.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as braid bonnet (which see, under bonnet); also, a lighter head-dress of the same general shape.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woolen cap of Scottish origin

Etymologies

After the hero of "Tam o' Shanter,” a poem by Robert Burns.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the eponymous hero of Burns's poem Tom of Shanter. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And she must tell me how Nelson had died, and I did want to know; so I went with her across the width of life from dawning boy's love for a brown-haired girl in a tam-o'-shanter back to the old sad savagery I had known.

    Chapter 18

  • A fisherman's tam-o'-shanter on his close-clipped head, and dungaree trousers and heavy brogans, completed his outfit.

    NAM-BOK THE UNVERACIOUS

  • They're 21st-century versions of Ralph Kramden in his tam-o'-shanter and Ed Norton learning the game's basics in Ralph's Bensonhurst kitchen.

    We Played on These Greens Long Before P.G.A. Game; Kramden Addressed the Ball

  • It was his way of honoring the memory of the man whose colorful, trademark golf clothes were knickers and a tam-o'-shanter.

    Players honor Stewart by hitting into surf

  • Before she could say anything, Earl flipped Mickey's tam-o'-shanter into the boat.

    The Woods Out Back

  • Mickey slapped his tam-o'-shanter against his knee again and fell down to the moss, defeated.

    The Woods Out Back

  • "Mickey McMickey at yer service," the leprechaun said politely, dipping into a low bow and tipping his tam-o'-shanter.

    The Woods Out Back

  • The leprechaun pulled off his tam-o'-shanter and slapped it across his knee, angry at himself.

    The Woods Out Back

  • If the long-stemmed pipe in its mouth wasn't a dead giveaway, the tam-o'-shanter on its head certainly was.

    The Woods Out Back

  • He saw the leprechaun spinning down, his tam-o'-shanter flying away, and then an umbrella opened, offering some hope.

    The Woods Out Back

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