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GLUMSH, GLUMCH, v., n., adj. Also glumpsh (Ags.); glums (Sh.). [glʌm(p)ʃ]

I. v. To be or look sulky, surly; to grumble, whine (Cld. 1880 Jam.; Per., Fif., Lth. 1915–26 Wilson; Ayr.4 1928; Bnff., Abd., Ags., Slg., Fif. 1954); to pout, to appear as if about to cry (Fif. 1825 Jam.). Also in w.Yks. dial. Ppl.adj. glumsit, surly, sulky (Sh. 1954). Fif. 1806  A. Douglas Poems 45:
An' whan her marriage-day does come, Ye maun na gang to glumch an' gloom.
Per. 1871  Per. Constitutional (18 Sept.):
He had thick glumshin like lips.
Lnl. 1890  A. M. Bisset Spring Blossoms 70:
Though Fortune glumsh wi' soor grimace.
m.Sc. 1924  “O. Douglas” Pink Sugar xix.:
D'ye think the Lord likes folk to gang roond wi' soor faces glumchin' at their fellow-craters?
Bnff. 1934  J. M. Caie Kindly North 26:
I winna glumsh an' greet aboot it noo.
Ags. 1947  J. B. Salmond Toby Jug ix.:
I wud hae been better pleased if he'd been dooms angry wi me; but he juist glumpshed.

II. n. A sulky, sullen or surly mood (Cld. 1880 Jam.; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 245), also occas. in pl.; a surly look (‡Per. 1954). Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxii.:
As he had mair siller in his kist locker, I got my twa half croons withoot a glumsh.
Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 66:
He wiz in a glumch a' day aboot it.
Per. 1878  R. Ford Hame-spun Lays 74:
[I] growl'd at a' roun' like a tyke; In the glumshes I sippit my coffee.
Ags. 1887  A. D. Willock Rosetty Ends xix.:
The puir bodies . . . hae to bear mony a glumsh.
Per. 1904  R. Ford Hum. Sc. Stories (Series 2) 97:
Johnnie himsel, whase only defence in the matter is . . . a glumsh.

III. adj. Sulky, sour-looking (Ayr.4 1928; Abd., Ags. 1954); melancholy (Gregor). Also derivs. glumshie, -y, id. (Bnff., Cld. 1880 Jam.; Per. 1954); boorish (Fif., Bwk. 1950), glumshous, sulky (Per., Wgt. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl.), glumshach, id. (Abd. 1954). Also adv. Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 66:
Ye needna be sae glumch aboot it. A cudna dee better.
Abd. 1928 15 :
She's some glumshy to be ca'd bonnie.
Ags. 1928  Scots Mag. (July) 273:
She . . . glowered at him sae glumsh that e'en the wickit fiery een o' him fell.

[Imit. variant of glum, now obs. in Eng. as n. and v.]

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"Glumsh v., n., adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Feb 2019 <>



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