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CRAMASIE, Cramasye, Cramosie, Crammasy, adj., n. Poet. or arch. [′krɑmə′zi:, ′krɑmɔ′zi:]

1. adj. Crimson; also “applied to any dark colour of this tinge, which was ingrained” (Sc. 1825 Jam.2). Fif.10 (1940) says: “used rarely by old folks forty years ago.” Sc.(E) 1879 P. H. Waddell Isaiah 8:
Tho' yer fauts be like scarlet-bluid . . . aye, tho' they war cramosie-red, like woo they'se be wushen white.
Abd. 1930 The Mullart in Abd. Univ. Review (Nov.) 26:
He sees the sun a' crammasy Rise up throwe mists o' meal.

2. n. Crimson cloth. Sc. a.1724 in Ramsay T. T. Misc. (1733) 187:
We were a comely sight to see; My love was cled in black velvet, And I my sell in cramasie.
Sc.(E) 1928 J. G. Horne Lan'wart Loon 17:
An', in a tantrum, sweelin' roon' 'er A flinrikin goon o' cramasie.
Slk. 1813 Hogg Queen's Wake 215:
Why walks young Mary Scott so late, In veil and cloak of cramasye?

[O.Sc. cremosi, adj., crimson, 1436; n. cremesye, crimson cloth, 1423; also cram(m)asy, cramosy, etc. (D.O.S.T.); O.Fr. cramoisi, n. and adj., crimson colour(ed) (Cotgrave); Mod.Fr. cramoisi, id. The word is originally Arabic.]

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"Cramasie adj., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Feb 2020 <>



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