skim·​ming·​ton | \ ˈskimiŋtən \
plural -s

Definition of skimmington

1 : one publicly impersonating and ridiculing a henpecked or cuckolded husband or his shrewish or unfaithful wife
2 dialectal, England : a boisterous procession intended to ridicule an unfaithful spouse or a shrewish wife often with effigies and a mock serenade

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History and Etymology for skimmington

skimming (from gerund of skim entry 1) + -ton (as in surnames such as Washington); from the practice of representing the woman as beating her husband with a skimming ladle

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“Skimmington.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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