Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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.
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