(Sumph) n. A dunce; a blockhead. [Scot.]
(Sum"pi*tan) n. A kind of blowgun for discharging arrows, used by the savages of Borneo
and adjacent islands.
(Sump"ter) n. [OF. sommetier the driver of a pack horse; akin to OF. & F. sommier a pack
horse, L. sagmarius, fr. sagma a pack saddle, in LL., a load, Gr. a pack saddle, fr. to pack, load; cf.
Skr. saj, sañj, to hang on. Cf. Seam a weight, Summer a beam.]
1. The driver of a pack horse. [Obs.] Skeat.
2. A pack; a burden. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl.
3. An animal, especially a horse, that carries packs or burdens; a baggage horse. Holinshed.
(Sump"ter), a. Carrying pack or burdens on the back; as, a sumpter horse; a sumpter mule.
(Sump"tion) n. [L. sumptio, fr. sumere, sumptum, to take.]
1. A taking. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.
2. (Logic) The major premise of a syllogism.
Sumptuary laws or regulations, laws intended to restrain or limit the expenditure of citizens in apparel,
food, furniture, etc.; laws which regulate the prices of commodities and the wages of labor; laws which
forbid or restrict the use of certain articles, as of luxurious apparel.
(Sump"tu*a*ry) a. [L. sumptuarius, fr. sumptus expense, cost, fr. sumere, sumptum,
to take, use, spend; sub under + emere to take, buy: cf. F. somptuaire. See Redeem.] Relating to
expense; regulating expense or expenditure. Bacon.
(Sump`tu*os"i*ty) n. [L. sumptuositas: cf. F. somptuosité.] Expensiveness; costliness; sumptuousness.
[R.] Sir W. Raleigh.