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Grow, v.2 Also: growe, grou. [Northern ME. grow, gru (a 1300), not recorded in ON. but found in MSw. grwa, Norw. grua, Dan. grue, and Du. gruwen. Recorded only in verse, but common in later dial. as grue. See also Grew v.2] intr. To feel horror or terror; to shudder or shrink in horror or fear. Also impers.: (it) growis (me).(1) 1375 Barb. xv. 541 (E).
Swa with his fayis dred wes he That thaim growyt to her his name
Ib. xvii. 696.
Thair hartis than begouth to grow
Ib. xx. 517.
At tresoune growyt he sa gretly That na tratour mycht be hym by
c1450-2 Howlat 51.
At the quhilk he couth growe, And maid gowlyne
Ib. 449.
To … Dowglas thow the gre gaif To ga with the kingis hart; thairwith he nocht growit
1513 Doug. ii. xi. 82.
And me quham laitly na wapyn … maid agast, Ilke swouch of wynd … affrayt and causyt grow
Ib. xii. xiii. 174.
This vengeabill wraik … Evyn in the face … of Turnus Can fle and flaf, and maid him for to grow
1535 Stewart 9602.
Quhilk sall nocht schrink … Or for na grym wound other grym or grow
Ib. 28692.
Mony fedderit flane … Mony grume maid grislie for to grow
(2) c1460 Alex. (Taym.) 154.
The hartis of men growit and thair membaris quuke
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1791.
My flesche growis, my bodie quaikis all
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. iii. 60.
I blent adoun and felt my bodie grow [: now]
Id. Æn. vii. Prol. 8.
For gurl weddir growit bestis hare
a1605 Montg. Sonn. iv. 7.
Alace! it garis my body grou To tell it

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