2. the man or woman personating the ill-used husband or the offending wife in the procession (see 1) intended to ridicule the one or the other
also, a husband whose wife is unfaithful to him; a shrewish woman (obsolete)
3. a row, quarrel, disturbance, riot (rare)
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possibly from skimming + -ton as in simpleton, with the object of simulating a personal name
From: The Correspondence of Horace Walpole
With George Montagu, Vol. I, 1735-1759
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