Definition of skimmington in English:

skimmington

Syllabification: skim·ming·ton
Pronunciation: /ˈskimiNGtən
 
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noun

historical
  • A procession made through a village intended to bring ridicule on and make an example of a nagging wife or an unfaithful husband.
    More example sentences
    • Athough skimmingtons and charivaris differed from place to place, they all contained similar elements.
    • I think it's high time we bring back the skimmington ride, this time with a bluesy rock n’ roll beat.
    • Other marital irregularities in Burbage at later periods gave cause for skimmingtons, which are recorded in 1625 and 1835.

Phrases

ride skimmington

Hold a skimmington procession.
More example sentences
  • The poor Tories are suffering the most cruel persecutions; some have been obliged to ride skimmington.
  • The plaintiff declares, that he is a hackney- coachman, and that the defendant with an intent to disgrace him did ride Skimmington.

Origin

early 17th century: perhaps from skimming ladle, used as a thrashing instrument during the procession.

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