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GLUMPH, v., n. Also glumf. [glʌmf]

I. v. To look sulky or gloomy, to look sourly (at) (Sh., Ags., Per., wm.Sc., Kcb., Dmf. 1954). Ayr. 1822  H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 127:
An' losh how the body 'ill glumph If ane sou'd but smell o' a chappin.
Sc. 1829  R. Chambers Sc. Songs II. 629:
Now ye peep like a powt; ye glumph and ye gaunt, Oh, Tammy, my man, are ye turned a saunt?
Kcb. 1911  G. M. Gordon Clay Biggin' 20:
He ne'er had a ceevil ward for ony ane he met, aye glumphin' an' glowrin' at them.
Wgt. 1912  A.O.W.B. Fables frae French 59:
He glumft nae wee at what he'd seen, An' anger kendl't in his een.

Hence glumfie, adj., moody, grumpy. Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 79:
Nae glumfie chiel sat, wi' his sneers and his skits, Scrutinizing the famous bonello.

II. n. A sulky, sour or morose person (Ayr. 1825 Jam.; Sh., Cai., wm.Sc., Ayr., Kcb. 1954); “a sulky fool” (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 233, glumf), “one who is provokingly empty-headed” (Uls. 1931 North. Whig (11 Dec.) 13). Kcb. 1815  J. Gerrond Poems 96:
G—d help the poor thing that's a wife, To such a glumph as this is.
Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 40:
Though mony a Goaf and Glumf, Though mony a Haverall they hae bred.

[Variant of Glump.]

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