Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

GROSET, n. Also grozet. A gooseberry, esp. (in Abd.) a green gooseberry (Abd., m. and s.Sc. 1955). Also grosset, -it, grozzet, grozette; grosad (Cai.8 1934), grosard (Sc. 1776 Caled. Mercury (27 Aug.)) and gros(s)ert; grosart (Bnff., Abd., Slk. 1955), grossart, grozert (Lth. 1926 Wilson 246, Bwk. 1942 Wettstein 66), -art, and reduced form grosie (Rs. 1949 Gsw. Herald (7 Feb.)). Also attrib. [′grozə(r)t] Sc. 1772  Scots Mag. (May 1934) 146:
And rizars, black berries and grosarts, And flowers our senses to please.
Ayr. 1786  Burns To a Louse v.:
My sooth! right bauld ye set your nose out, As plump an' gray as onie grozet.
Sc. 1822  Scott F. Nigel xiv.:
My sooth, they will jump at them in Edinburgh like a cock at a grossart. Gold pieces are not so plenty there, the mair the pity!
Ayr. 1823  Galt Entail lxxiv.:
Direction-books to mak grozette wine.
Dwn. 1844  R. Huddleston Poems 65:
Perch'd on a thorn whose aged tap Was gray, o' grozet plume.
Ags. 1854  Arbroath Guide (12 Aug.) 4:
Having so far forgotten himself as to stealthily appropriate the grossarts . . . to his own use.
Abd. 1865  G. Macdonald Alec Forbes III. viii.:
Winna ye hae a starnie jam, Isie? It's grosert-jam.
wm.Sc. 1868  Laird of Logan 302:
Sax grosset-busses as round as a bee's skep, and, without leeing, ilka ane the bouk of a rick of hay.
Kcb. 1895  Crockett Moss-Hags xxxviii.:
I shall let them stay all day in the gardens where the grosarts are.
Rxb. 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes 23:
Hei glaamed at eet leike a cock at a grozert.
Lnk. 1926  W. Queen We're a' Coortin' 13:
An' for his grozzets, they wurney worth the room they wur gien in the show.
Bwk. 1947  W. L. Ferguson Makar's Medley 30:
A chin as rough as ony grozet.

Comb.: groset-fair, grozet-, an agricultural fair held in Kilmarnock at the beginning of August when gooseberries are in season. There is also a Groset-Fair in Doune (Per. 1955). Ayr. 1856  Ayr Advertiser (7 Aug.):
Kilmarnock. “Groset” Fair Saturday. — This fair was held here on Saturday last.
Ayr. 1870  Ib. (4 Aug.):
GrozetFair. — The customary agricultural July fair was held on Thursday last. . . . In the cattle market . . . there was a considerable turn-out of horses, which were sold briskly at high prices . . . There was also a good number of pigs . . . An immense number of people left town by rail on Saturday — the town holiday known as “Grozet Saturday.”
Ayr. 1901  “G. Douglas” Green Shutters xvi.:
Swipey had journeyed in the company of his father to far-off Fechars, yea even to the groset-fair.
Ayr. 1953  J. E. Shaw Ayrshire 34:
One cannot leave Kilmarnock without mention of the Grozet Fair, in the first week of August.

[Groser + -t, on analogy of -art ending (e.g. Reefart, Rizzart, Faizart), with later elision of r in groset forms.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Groset n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 17 Dec 2017 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/groset>

11705

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

Browse Up
    Loading...
Browse Down

Share: