Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GLUM, v., adj. Sc. usages:

I. v. To look sullen (Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 245; Ags.19 1954) or doleful; to sulk (of a fire). Abd. 1868  W. Shelley Wayside Flowers 89:
Winter's down-draught sweeps the lum, . . . And the peats do nocht but glum.
Lth. 1924  A. Dodds Poppies in Corn 12:
To the funeral we a' gaed glummin'.

II. adj. Stupid, doltish. Ags. 1905  A. N. Simpson Bobbie Guthrie 99:
Ye man be awfa' glum, Andrew, no ta ken fat insurin' folks lives is!

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"Glum v., adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Feb 2019 <>



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