skimmington

noun skim·ming·ton \ˈskimiŋtən\

Definition of skimmington

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  one publicly impersonating and ridiculing a henpecked or cuckolded husband or his shrewish or unfaithful wife

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of skimmington

skimming (from gerund of 1skim) + -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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