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GLUMSE, v., n. Also glumps(e), glums(h).

I. v. “To snap at something with one's mouth; to eat greedily, to take large mouthfuls” (Jak.; Cai. 1900 E.D.D.; Sh.10, Cai.7 (glumsh) 1954). Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
De coo glumses.

Hence fig. to snap (at someone) (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., glumpse, Sh.10 1954). Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
He glumst at me.

II. n. A greedy bite (Jak.), a snap; an angry yelp (Sh.10 1954). Hence fig. a gruff or rude manner of speaking, a curt reply (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., glumse, 1914 Angus Gl., glumps). Sh. 1891  J. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 1:
An sae, wi a glumse, an a deevil's ain glower, He spat on his lüfs, an clamb tentily ower.
Sh. 1908  Jak. (1928):
He got op in a glums, he flared up at me in a rage; he ga'e a glums at me, it (the dog) gave an angry yelp at me.

[Variant form of Glamse, glamsh, (to) snap.]

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