Isle of Wight Words: Nammet

Nammet defined

Isle of Wight Words: NammetFirst in the series of the excellent Mr Caulkhead’s Island words explained.

Nammet: Originally Bread and cheese with a drink of beer consumed by people working in the field, now broadened out to apply to sandwiches.

Mr Caulkhead defines Nammet

Wednesday, 10th June, 2009 10:16am



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Auntie P

I’ve heard people use it to describe any kind of food too. I guess these things get broadened over time. I like the old island words.


Nammet is derived from the Old English word noonmeat, ie, lunch.


When I was nursing my daughter, my grandfather used to say that the baby was having its nammet; I always wondered what the word meant. Clearly his interpretation was broader than some! He lived on the island for a while, but was a Hampshire man.

Kath Ashley

I’ve just come across the medieval word ‘nonemete’ (in Charles Reade’s ‘The Cloister and the Hearth’). The implication is that it means lunch. The actual quote is
‘The workmen cannot go their nonemete but the church is rife with them.’
Sounds to me like ‘nammet’ could be a corruption of ‘nonemete’.