- skip - Brewer’s

Mumpers

.

Beggars, Leland calls it a gipsy word. In Norwich, Christmas waits used to be called “Mumpers.” In Lincolnshire, “Boxing-day” is called Mumping-day (q.v.). To mump is to beg. Beggars are called the “Mumping Society.”

“A parcel of wretches hopping about by the assistance of their crutches, like so many Lincoln’s Inn Fields mumpers, drawing into a body to attack [infest or beset] the coach of some charitable lord.”—Ned Ward: The London Spy, part v.

previous entry · index · next entry

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

previous entry · index · next entry

Mulmutine Laws
Mulready Envelope (The, 1840)
Multipliers
Multitudes
Multum in Parvo (Latin)
Mum
Mumbo Jumbo
Mumchance
Mummy
Mummy Wheat
Mumpers
Mumping Day
Munchausen (Baron)
Mundane Egg (The)
Mundilfori
Mundungus
Munera
Munkar and Nakir
Munnin
Muntabur [Mount Tabor]
Murad

Linking here:

Mumping Day