Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GRUGOUS, adj. Grim, ugly, surly. Abd. 1777  R. Forbes in Sc. Poems 21:
For Paris an' the grugous carls That sta' the wife cam in.
Ags. 1815  G. Beattie John o' Arnha' (1852) 15:
Which added horror to his mein — A grugous wight he was I ween.
Sc. 1819  Scots Mag. (June) 527:
In place o' the teind to the grougous fiend, Gude grant him ane o' three.
Sc.(E) 1926  H. M'Diarmid Drunk Man 43:
The waefu' clay was fire aince mair, As Earth had been resumed Into God's mind, frae which sae lang To grugous state 'twas doomed.

[? Gael. grùgach, surly, sulky, scowling, with altered suff. Cf. Alagrugous.]

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