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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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CARRANT, Carant, Coorant, Carrunt, n. [kɑ′rɑnt, kə′rɑnt, ku′rɑnt]

1. “An expedition, journey” (Cai.4 c.1920; Cai.7 1938), gen. a hasty journey (Kcb.10 1938).Rnf. 1865 J. Young Homely Pictures 163:
Ithers . . . Wha've got a sudden wild carrant . . . Frae tap to fit o' Fortune's brae.
sm.Sc. 1988 W. A. D. and D. Riach A Galloway Glossary :
carrunt 1. an outing or trip (Dmf 'could be a wild trip').

2. A revel, social gathering; a frolic, escapade; “an uproar” (Abd.5 1929). Known to Bnff.2, Fif.10 1921 J. Wight in Swatches o' Hamespun 9:
For nae carránt wis complete withoot “Jeems Roy, Esquar o' the Garmon', min.”
ne.Sc. 1996 W. Gordon McPherson in Sandy Stronach New Wirds: An Anthology of Winning Poems and Stories from the Doric Writing Competitions of 1994 and 1995 21:
Aa gid throwe ti the windi; the street wis teem an quaet;-nae Police, nae car, nae carrunt o ony kin.
Abd. 1923 Anon. in Swatches o' Hamespun 69:
Mary hid tell't o' their carrants at the burnside, him fishin for troots files, bit geyan aften gettin the terrier t' hunt water-dogs.
Abd. 1993:
Sic a carrant ere wis amon e beas in e byre.
Ags. 1901 W. J. Milne Reminisc. of an Old Boy vi.:
Fat carant wis yon four men on at cam i' the coach, flegin' a'body hauf oot o' their wit?
Lnk. 1880 P. M'Arthur Amusements 93:
Folk say that they haud fine carants On Sundays owre in Rutherglen.
Ayr. 1912 G. Cunningham Verse, Maistly in the Doric 100:
Your grand pianos May dae for sprees and sic coorants.

3. “A long, tedious discourse” (Gsw. 1912 A. G. Mitchell in Scotsman (9 Jan.)). Not known to our correspondents.

[Fig. developments from Fr. courante, a dance of the 16th and 17th cents., performed with a running step; from courir, O.Fr. courre, Lat. currere, to run.]

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