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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

RAMSKEERIE, adj., n. Also ramskerie. [rɑm′skiri]

I. adj. Very restive and lustful, as of a ram (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 427).Sc. 1991 Roderick Watson in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 107:
Say, 'Rise up my boy, rejoice
In youthheid's ramskeerie way';
But ach there is anither lay
He sings, a laithlie mass
- That youth an aa the floures o May
Are nocht but slime an vanitas.

II. n. A wild hilarious romp, one who is almost hysterical as a result of this (w.Sc. 1880 Jam., ram-ske(e)rie, s.v. ske(e)rie).

[Ram-, pref., + Skeerie.]

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