dummerer

dummerer

(ˈdʌmərə)
n
a cant expression for a tramp who feigns that he or she is unable to speak
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(9.) Odin notes that the early modern justices in such a situation were skeptical for good reason, as there were documented cases of "dummerers" who feigned muteness by pushing their tongues into their throats in order to swindle others (75).
In his day the crime reporter's column was full of exciting words such as palliards, clapper dudgeons, whipjacks, priggers and dummerers, not to mention the odd kinchin mort!