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COORIE, Coory, Courrie, Cwoorie, Corrie, v. [′ku:ri, ′kɔr, but Per. + ′kwu:ri]

1. To stoop, bend, cringe, crouch for protection; “to kneel down” (Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.). Gen. with doon (down) or in. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1935 I. Bennet Fishermen xxix.:
The mourners shivered, the women especially in their black frocks and shawls courried down against the gale.
em.Sc. (a) 1894 “I. Maclaren” Bonnie Brier Bush 159:
It was nichtfa' afore she got over the fricht, and when she saw him on the road next Sabbath, she cooried in ahint ma goon.
Gsw. 1904 J. J. Bell Jess and Co. vi.:
Angus, man! What are ye cooryin' there for?
w.Dmf. 1908 J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo (1912) ii.:
My faither, as I've said, was a very tall man. He had to coorie doon gaun through the lobby.

2. To snuggle, nestle. Gen.Sc. Fif. 1936 St Andrews Cit. (1 Feb.) 3/3:
St Monance “coories” in a hollow at the bottom of the low cliffs.
Lnk. 1902 A. Wardrop Hamely Sketches 228:
Sae I maun haste and coorie doon Aside the lass I lo'e.
w.Dmf. 1920 J. L. Waugh Heroes in Homespun (1921) 128:
We corriet gey close to yin anither o' a forenicht.

3. tr. To embrace. Per. 1916 T.S.D.C. II.:
He cwooried her.

[Dim. or frequentative form of Coor, v.1 (see Westergaard p. 126).]

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