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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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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