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GLOAMIN, n. Also gloaming, †glomin(g), †glomen. [′glo:mən]

1. Evening twilight, dusk. Since 19th c. adopted from Sc. into liter. Eng. Also used fig. and attrib. Rarely in pl. Rnf. 1707  W. Hector Judicial Records (1876) 202:
The said Mary Campbell . . . did come into the said George Paton his fathers house in the glomen or tualight.
Edb. 1772  R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 19:
At glomin now the bagpipe's dumb, Whan weary owsen hameward come.
Ayr. 1786  Burns To J. Simpson xiv.:
When ance life's day draws near the gloamin, Then fareweel vacant, careless roamin.
Kcb. 1789  D. Davidson Seasons 90:
An' now, the glomin comin on The lasses turned skiegh, man.
Slk. 1813  Hogg Queen's Wake (1874) 32:
Late, late in a gloamin when all was still, When the fringe was red on the westlin hill.
Sc. 1814  Scott Waverley iii.:
They durst na on ony errand whatsoever gang ower the door-stane after gloaming.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xxv.:
Maister Tawse an' ane or twa o's jist tyeuk a stap doon the howe i' the gloamin.
Gsw. 1877  A. G. Murdoch Laird's Lykewake 185:
Gloamin' haps the greenwood glen, An' a' is hush'd an' still.
Sc. 1928  J. Wilson Hamespun 38:
Sae noo he doesna grudge my dole — Life's gloamin' meal.

Hence adv. gloamins, at dusk. Edb. 1812  P. Forbes Poems 4:
First your twa dogs, an unco tale, . . . To please me ance did never fail, At night or gloamins.

2. Morning twilight, “daybreak” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), glomin; Wgt., Uls. 1954). Rare. Sc. 1834  Crockett Raiders i.:
I rowed home in the gloaming of the morning.

3. Half-light, dusky shade (Abd.27 1954). Lnk. 1832  W. Motherwell Poems 38:
And in the gloamin o' the wood, The throssil whusslit sweet.

4. Combs. (mostly attrib. uses of the n.): †(1) gloamin-fa', = 1. above; †(2) gloamin grey, id. See Grey, n., 1.; (3) gloamin hour ('oor), id. (Ags., m.Lth. 1954); †(4) gloamin-shot, “a twilight interval which workmen within doors take before using lights” (Sc. 1825 Jam.); a short time of relaxation in the evening; in the 1793 quot. used punningly; ¶(5)gloaming sight, a dim or vague perception; (6) gloamin(g) star, the evening star, Venus (Lth. 1825 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., rare); †(7) gloamin-tide, 1. (1); (8) glo(a)min time, idem (Abd.27 1954). (1) Dmf. 1821  Blackwood's Mag. (Jan.) 401:
A cannie hour at gloaming-fa' under the hazel birks.
ne.Sc. 1836  J. Grant Tales 264:
When the balm o' the blessed gloamin'-fa' Was on ilka leaf an' flower.
Edb. 1844  J. Ballantine Miller 256:
How eerie to the lonely heart The eerie hour o' gloamin-fa'.
Sc. 1928  J. G. Horne Lan'wart Loon 18:
The gloamin-fa' noo 'gan to seek Saftly oot ower the watter's cheek.
(2) Fif. 1806  A. Douglas Poems 28:
Singin' frae the dawn o' mornin', Till it's near the gloamin grey.
s.Sc. 1859  J. Watson Bards of Border 37:
When we meet at gloamin' gray 'neath the auld aik-tree.
Mry. 1865  W. H. L. Tester Poems 121:
O! merry may, at gloamin grey, Their lauch ring through the shaw yet.
Kcb. 1890  A. J. Armstrong Musings 48:
Syne last we met, at gloamin' grey, Aneath the bonnie trysting tree.
(3) Rnf. 1813  E. Picken Poems I. 62:
Just, as the gloamin' hour sets in.
m.Sc. 1917  J. Buchan Poems 56:
But up in that gloamin' hour, On the heather and thymy sod, . . . I made my peace wi' God.
Abd. 1924  Swatches o' Hamespun 44:
Fin the lang day's darg's pitten a' bi-han, An' it's gloamin 'oor i' the glen.
(4) Ayr. 1793  Burns Letters (Ferguson) No. 580:
I once more roved out yesterevening for a gloamin-shot at the muses.
Ayr. 1796  Burns Had I the Wyte iv.:
At gloamin-shot, it was, I wot, I lighted — on the Monday.
Sc. 1820  Farmer's Mag. (Feb.) 22:
They [weavers] used to take ‘a gloaming shot,' that is, a saunter, before they lighted their candles.
Dmf. 1832  Carlyle Letters (Norton) II. 46:
I must now out for my gloaming-shot on the Glaister's Hill side.
(5) Sc. 1818  Scott Rob Roy xxi.:
He's no a'together sae void o' sense neither; he has a gloaming sight o' what's reasonable . . . a glisk and nae mair.
(6) Edb. 1791  J. Learmont Poems 276:
It's an hour yet frae the gloamin starn.
Rxb. 1847  J. Halliday Rustic Bard 313:
The gloamin' star's o'er Whitop Hill.
ne.Sc. 1884  D. Grant Lays 146:
I meet her 'neath the gloamin' star, When daily toil is o'er.
Lth. 1914  C. P. Slater Marget Pow comes Home xvi.:
The walk along the shore was peacefu' and pleasant, with the gloamin'-star shinin' in the West.
(7) Bwk. 1879  W. Chisholm Poems 39:
There would I list, at shadowy gloaming tide.
Dmf. 1894  R. Reid Poems 244:
I'll never set fit i' thy boun's again, At dawin' or gloamin-tide.
(8) Abd. 1748  R. Forbes Ajax 5:
Which ay were done at glomin time, Or dead hour o' the night.
Rxb. 1826  A. Scott Poems 37:
His wife, a frugal, carefu', cleanly body, Had ay at gloamin time his dinner ready.

[O.Sc. has glo(a)ming, glowming, etc. from c.1420; O.E. glōmung, twilight, the phonetic development of the vowel being explained by the shortening in the comb. æfen-glommung.]

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