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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GLORGIE, -Y, adj. Sultry; “applied to a warm suffocating day, with a darkened sun” (Ayr. 1825 Jam., glorgie, Ayr.4 1928).Ayr. 1876 J. Ramsay Gleanings 55:
The day was glorgie, and the kye Ran restless through the fiel'.
Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 217:
Man, it's awfu' kin' o warm an' glorgy-wise.
Ayr. 1913 J. Service Memorables iii.:
It was a glorgy simmer's afternune.

[Prob. from Glorg, above: for sense development cf. Glaurie, clammy (of weather), from Glaur, n.1, soft mud.]

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