Green’s Dictionary of Slang

dimber-damber n.

[dimber adj. (1) + damber n., lit. a ‘handsome rascal’]

(UK Und.) a gang leader.

[UK]Dekker ‘Canting Song’ O per se O O3: Dimber Damber fare thee well Pallyards all thou didst excel.
[UK]Dekker ‘Canting Song’ in English Villainies (8th edn) O3: [As cit. 1612].
[UK] ‘A Wenches complaint for . . . her lusty Rogue’ Head Canting Academy (1674) 17: [as cit. 1612].
[UK]R. Holme Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Dimber damber, a pretty Rascal.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Dimber-Damber c. a Top-man or Prince among the Canting Crew; also the chief Rogue of the Gang, or the compleatest Cheat.
[UK]J. Shirley Triumph of Wit 198: [as cit. 1612].
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]B.M. Carew ‘The Oath of the Canting Crew’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 51: No dimber damber, angler, dancer, / Prig of cackler, prig of prancer.
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Dimber damber, a top man, or prince among the canting crew, also the chief rogue of the gang, or the completest cheat, (cant).
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK](con. 1737–9) W.H. Ainsworth Rookwood (1857) 173: Dick Turpin must be one of us. He shall be our dimber damber.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[US]Trumble ‘On the Trail’ in Sl. Dict. (1890) 42: I only piked into Grassville with a dimber-damber, who couldn’t pad the hoof for a single darkman’s without his bloss to keep him from getting poggy.