Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
CLARTY, CLORTY, CLERTY, CLURTY, adj. and v. [′klɑrt, ′klɔrt, ′klert Sc.; ′klʌrt Sh.]
(1) Dirty, muddy; sticky. Gen.Sc.
L.Bnff.(D) 1934 J. M. Caie Kindly North 36:
On ferm an' craft the fowk gaed daft, The peats grew clorty, weet an' saft. Abd. 1932 D. Campbell Bamboozled 35:
They winna keep in a paper poke, Dauvit; they'll tirn saft an' clorty. Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Sc. Poems (1925) 27:
Wer't na for it [water] the bonny lasses Would glowr nae mair in keeking glasses . . . For wha thro' clarty masquera′de Could then discover, Whether the features under shade Were worth a lover? Lnk. 1922 T. S. Cairncross Scot at Hame 8:
I've whiles had a gey clarty face, Yet a' folk meet me wi' gude grace. Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. s.v. clatch:
Gaun clatchin' throw the hoose wi' clerty shuin.
(2) Of a painting, etc.: daubed, smudgy (Bnff.2, Abd.9 1937).
Sh.(D) 1916 J. J. H. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr Jooly 19:
Da boaniest pictur can look clurty, if ye staand ower close.
(3) Comb.: clorty-breed, gingerbread (Ags.1 1937).
Ags. 1925 10 :
Ma mither was awfu' fond o' clorty-breed.
2. v. To dirty (Ags.1 1937).
Ags. 1921 A. S. Neill Carroty Broon ii.:
And Mrs Broon smiled and said it didna matter, that what were table-cloths for but to clorty?
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