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GRUNYIE, n.1, v. Also grunzie, ¶grunigh. [′grʌɲi, ′gru-]

I. n. 1. The snout of an animal or (contemptuously) of a person, the “phiz” (Bnff.4 1927). ne.Sc. a.1725  Habbyac on A. Ramsay 5:
Kynd, honest, lugless, thick-scull'd Birds! Sonce fa their Gruinies.
Sc. 1740  Ramsay T.T.Misc. IV. 381:
Shame fa' that filthy face of thine, 'Tis crish that gars your grunzie glitter.
Ayr. 1792  Burns Willie Wastle iv.:
But Willie's wife is nae sae trig, She dights her grunzie wi' a hushion.
Slk. 1820  Hogg Winter Ev. Tales II. 42:
Myne grunzie knoityd with ane cranch against thilke lofte.
Ayr. a.1878  H. Ainslie Pilgrimage (1892) 182:
But what aneath his bonnet rim, Should been a Christian face, I vow, It kyth'd the grunzie o' a Jew!
Ags. 1882  Brechin Advertiser (4 Apr.) 3:
A beard aroun' her grunzie grew.
Edb. 1916  T. W. Paterson Wyse-Sayin's xi. 22:
Like a gowden jewel On the grunzie o' a soo, Sae a bonnie wumman wantin sense.

Adj. grunyasie [ < -ish + ie], ugly, disagreeable, of the face (Ork.5 1955).

2. “A grumbling morose countenance” (Sc. 1755 Johnson Dict., grunigh).

3. A grumbling; a grudge, a dislike. Abd. c.1780  in Ellis E.E.P. V. 775:
He aye had a grunyie efter't at Breece.
Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 70:
He got that kyne o' meht (food) sae afen 'at he took a grunyie at it.

Hence ill-grunyie, “a bad disposition” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 87), and ill-grunyiet, adj., having a bad disposition (Ib.). This usage appears to have arisen from a confusion with ill-grun, id., s.v. Grund, n., 2. (1).

II. v. 1. To grunt, of a pig (Cai. 1955).

2. To grumble, find fault (with); followed by at. With at or wi: to be disgusted (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 70).  Ib.:
He's eye grunyiein' at something.

[O.Sc. has grunȝ(i)e, gronȝ(i)e, snout, from early 15th c.; E.M.E. grounye, Mid.Eng. grony, groyn; O.Fr. groignet, a snout, groigner, to nuzzle with the snout, grongner, to grunt, Lat. grunnire, id.]

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