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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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BLOUTER, Blooter, n. and v. [′blʌutər, ′blutər]

1. n. “A blast of wind” (Abd.2 1935; s.Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).Bch. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 129:
Wi' you, ye steed me ay sae teugh, An' blew a maikless blouter.

Hence blootery, adj., cold, raw and showery.Bnff.2 1934; Abd.2 1935:
In the hinner-eyn o' hairst we hid blootery weather ilky day.

2. v. To utter in a declamatory manner, to spout.Sc. 1831 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) III. 192:
Cacklin about Coleridge, or blouterin about Byron, or cheepin . . . o' Barry Cornwall.

ppl.adj. blooterin', “bragging, gossiping” (Bnff.2, Bnff.7 1928).

[Frequentative of Blout, q.v. Cf. Bloust, Blouster.]

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