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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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CROWL, v.1 To crawl (Sc. 1818 Sawers Dict. Sc. Lang.; Bnff.2, Abd.2, Ags.17, Fif.13 1941). Ppl.adj. crowlan. Also found in Eng. dial. (E.D.D.). Hence adj. crowly, lame, limping, dragging a leg, walking slowly and with difficulty. [krʌul]Abd. 1904 Weekly Free Press (2 July): 
Foo's that leg? Ye wis gey crowly like fin I saw ye last.
Abd. 1929 Mains and Hilly in Abd. Weekly Jnl. (21 March) 6/3:
Ye've managet tae crowl up this lenth, Mains?
Ayr. 1786 Burns To a Louse i.:
Ha! whare ye gaun, ye crowlan ferlie!

[From O.Sc. creul(l), c.1590, id. (D.O.S.T.); north. Mid.Eng. creul, crule. The etym. connection, if any, between these forms and Eng. crawl (O.N. krafla) is obscure, but cf. the mutated form in Sw. dial. krävla, idem.]

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