Definition of skimmington in English:
A procession made through a village intended to bring ridicule on and make an example of a nagging wife or an unfaithful husband.
- 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.
Early 17th century: perhaps from skimming ladle, used as a thrashing instrument during the procession.
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