Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CRUMSHY, CRUMSHACH, adj. Brittle (Bnff.2 1941; Abd.16 1925; Abd.9 1941); crisp. Used fig. = “crusty,” crabbed. [′krʌmʃ, ′krʌmʃəx] ne.Sc. 1921  J. Wight in Swatches 17:
Basketfu's o' cheese an' breid (hard, curly, crumshy corters).
Abd. 1947  (per Abd.28):
He's a crumshach aul' deevil.

[From Crump, adj., with double suff. -(i)sh + -y or -ach borrowed from Gaelic.]

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