Whiggamore

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Whiggamore A Whig; -- a cant term applied in contempt to Scotch Presbyterians.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whiggamore A person who came from the west and southwest of Scotland to Leith to buy corn. See the quotation from Bishop Burnet, under Whig, 2.
    • n whiggamore One of the people of the west of Scotland who marched to Edinburgh in 1648, their expedition being called the whiggamores' inroad (see the quotation referred to in def. 1).
    • n whiggamore Hence A Scotch Presbyterian; one of the party opposed to the court; a whig.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Whiggamore hwig′a-mōr originally a person who came from the west and south-west of Scotland to Leith to buy corn: one of the 7000 Western Covenanters who marched on Edinburgh in 1648, sealing the doom of Charles I.: a Scotch Presbyterian, a Whig.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Whig
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Traced by some to whiggam, a sound used by the peasantry of the western Lowlands in driving their horses; others derive from whig, sour whey. Not derivable from whig (1) and Gael. mor, great.

Usage

In literature:

It was the headquarters of the Whiggamores of the west and its prisons were constantly filled with rebels for conscience' sake.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 1" by Various
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