Skimmington
Skimmington Skim"ming*ton, n. [Etymol. uncertain. Perhaps the name of some notorius scold.] A word employed in the phrase, To ride Skimmington; that is to ride on a horse with a woman, but behind her, facing backward, carrying a distaff, and accompanied by a procession of jeering neighbors making mock music; a cavalcade in ridicule of a henpecked man. The custom was in vogue in parts of England. [1913 Webster]

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  • skimmington — noun historical a procession intended to ridicule and make an example of a nagging wife or an unfaithful husband. Origin C17: perh. from skimming ladle, used as a thrashing instrument during the procession …   English new terms dictionary

  • skimmington — skim·ming·ton …   English syllables

  • skimmington —    see *rough music …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • skimmington — ˈskimiŋtən noun ( s) Etymology: skimming (from gerund of skim) (I) + ton (as in surnames such as Washington); from the practice of representing the woman as beating h …   Useful english dictionary

  • riding skimmington — A mock ceremony for shaming conjugal seducers, once common in parts of England. The usual practice was to place effigies of the persons on a pole, in a cart or on a donkey and carry them through the public streets amid the jeers of the populace.… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • ride skimmington — hold such a procession …   Useful english dictionary

  • The Mayor of Casterbridge —   Henchard on the way to the fair with Susan and Elizabeth Jane …   Wikipedia

  • rough music —    Under a variety of local names and differing methods, rough music was the main customary way in which members of a community expressed displeasure at transgressions of societal norms, usually, but not exclusively, concerned with sexual and… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • skimmity — ˈskiməd.ē, mətē, i noun or skimmity ride ( es) Etymology: skimmity alteration of skimmington : skimmington 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Skimitry — Skim i*try, n. See {Skimmington}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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