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CARRANT, Carant, Coorant, 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.

2. A revel, social gathering; a frolic, escapade; “an uproar” (Abd.5 1929). Known to Bnff.2, Fif.10 1938. ne.Sc. 1921  J. Wight in Swatches o' Hamespun 9:
For nae carránt wis complete withoot “Jeems Roy, Esquar o' the Garmon', min.”
Abd. 1923  Anon. in
Ib. 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.
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?
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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