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FORRITSOME, adj. Also forit-, forret-, furrit-.

1. Forward in manner or disposition, pert, bold, rather impudent (m.Lth., Peb., Hdg., Ayr., Kcb., Dmf., s.Sc. 1953); often of a girl “who does not wait on the formality of courtship but advances half-way” (Rxb. 1825 Jam.; Kcb.10 1943). Ayr. 1826  Galt Lairds xxxviii.:
Naebody that kent it wad hae been sae forritsome and impudent.
Abd. 1868  W. Shelley Wayside Flowers 125:
Gin ye light amang lasses a' smirkin' wi' smiles, Wha try to entice ye wi' forritsome wiles.
Rxb. 1875  N. Elliott Nellie Macpherson 129:
It disna look weel in a young lassie tae be ower forritsome an' venturesome.
Kcb. 1895  Crockett Moss-Hags xxxvi.:
She was not uncomely, though, like all these shore lassies, a little forritsome.
Lnk. 1910  C. Fraser Glengonnar 94:
Tell them ye want to marry them, and they're forritsome eneuch to tak' ye at your word.
m.Sc. 1920  “O. Douglas” Penny Plain xx.:
Would it be pushing and furritsome . . . if I tried to help ministers?
Sc. 1952  Scots Mag. (March) 458:
“In fact,” said he, “we've a wey o' dealin' Wi' forritsome callants that come here stealin'.”

2. Eager to get on, ambitious, pushing, “not necessarily in a bad sense” (Ayr.2 1921). Kcb. 1894  Crockett Raiders xxii.:
I'm not a bright man nor a forritsome man, but I'm not exactly a fool.

[Forrit + -some.]

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"Forritsome adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Oct 2018 <>



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