Green’s Dictionary of Slang

strommel n.

also strammel, strumil, strummel
[? OF estramer, to spread with straw or rushes]

1. (UK Und.) straw.

[UK]Harman Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 85: I towre the strummel trine upon thyn nabchet and Togman I see the strawe hang upon thy cap and coate.
[UK]Dekker Lanthorne and Candle-Light Ch. 1: The Canters Dictionary Strommel, straw.
[UK]Middleton & Dekker Roaring Girle V i: I have [...] my dell and my dainty wild dell, with all whom I’ll tumble this next darkmans in the strommel.
[UK]Beaumont & Fletcher Beggar’s Bush III iv: Twang dells i’ th’ strommel, and let the Quire Cuffin / And Harman Beck strine and trine to the ruffin.
[UK]Dekker Canting Song in Eng. Villainies (8th edn) O2: Store of Stroommell weele have here, and i’th skipper Lib in state.
[UK]J. Taylor Crabtree Lectures 191: Mort. Ile tell thee queere Cove, thou must [...] lib in the Strummel, al the darkmans, and budge a beake in the light mans.
[UK]R. Brome Jovial Crew II ii: The bratling’s born; the doxy’s in the strummel, / Laid by an autem mort of their own crew, / That serv’d for midwife.
[UK]T. Randolph Hey for Honesty III i: I’ll [...] Liggen in strommel.
[UK]Mennis & Smith ‘The Louse’s Peregrination’ Musarum Deliciae (1817) 48: A Lord of this Land that lov’d a Bum well, / Did lie with this Mort one night in the Strummel.
[UK] ‘The Rogues . . . praise of his Stroling Mort’ Head Canting Academy (1674) 18: Store of strummel wee’l have here, / And i’th’ Skipper lib in state.
[UK]R. Holme Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Strommell, Straw.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Strommel straw.
[UK]‘Maunder’s Praise of His Strowling Mort’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 33: [as cit. 1637].
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy VI 265: With Hammer on Kettle he tabbers all Day, / At Night he will tumble on Strumil or hay.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 112: Is there good Hay for the Horses, Is there rum Strummel for the Prads.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict. 32: Strammel – straw.
[UK] Halliwell Dict. Archaic and Provincial Words II 820/2: strommell Straw.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open [as cit. 1835].
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 104: STROMMEL, straw. Ancient cant.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict. [as cit. 1859].
[UK]A. McCormick Tinkler-Gypsies of Galloway 104: The following words appear to be still in use in one form or another amongst Galwegian tinkler-gypsies – Strammel – Straw.

2. hair; thus strummulo, false pubic hair.

[UK]Dekker Eng. Villainies n.p.: strommel Hayre.
[UK]Wandring Whore I 3: First to show the use of Strummulo or Merkin.
[UK]Head Eng. Rogue I 52: Strommel, Straw or Hair.
[UK]‘Vain Dreamer’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 46: Her strammel, curl’d, like threads of gold, / Hung dangling o’er the pillow.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. n.p.: strommel [...] Hair, as, She hath good Store of Strommel on her Nob.
[UK]Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 117: A Woman’s Hair A Bite Strummel.
[UK]B.M. Carew Life and Adventures.
[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 272: strummel the hair of the head. To get your strummel faked in twig, is to have your hair dressed in the style.
[UK](con. 1737–9) W.H. Ainsworth Rookwood (1857) 178: Ne’er was there seen such a dashing prig, / With my strummel faked in the newest twig.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 104: Strummel the hair. Norf.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[UK]Newcastle Courant 2 Sept. 6/5: He doffed his coat, concealed his fiery strummel under a jasey.

In compounds

strommel-patch (n.) (also strummel-patch)

a pej. name for a person; thus strummel-patched adj.

[UK]Jonson Every Man Out of his Humour V iv: The whoreson strummel-patch’d, goggled-eyed grumbledories.