Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
GROW, v., n. Also growe, grou; grouw (Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff 17; Sh. 1916 J. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr Aapril 9). Sc. forms and usages:
I. v. A. Forms: Pa.t.: weak, growed (m.Sc. 1870 J. Nicholson Idylls 82), groued (Abd. 1932 D. Campbell Bamboozled 12); strong, grew; graeu (Ork. 1908 Old-Lore Misc. I. vi. 221); pa.p. str., grou(e)n (Abd. 1915 H. Beaton Benachie 75, 1931 D. Campbell Uncle Andie 22), ¶grawn (Sc. 1887 Stevenson Underwoods 186), wk., growed (em.Sc. 1926 H. Hendry Poems 86). [grʌu; pa.t. gru, grʌud, Rxb. griu, grju; pa.p. grʌu(ə)n, grʌud]
B. Sc. usages:
1. Vbl.n. growan, growth (ne.Sc. 1881 Gregor Folk-Lore, Gl.). Obs. in Eng. since 16th c. For n.phr. grace and growin', see Grace, n., 2.
2. Pa.p. grown in adj. comb. grown-up, overgrown, choked (Sh., Cai., em.Sc.(b), wm., sm. and s.Sc. 1955).
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
A gairden grown-up wi' weeds. Rxb. 1927 E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 12:
She is a traillie-wallets; hir pantry's fair grown-up wui dirrt.
3. In building a corn-rick: to push out successive rows of sheaves to give the necessary overhang, to cause the rick to bulge as it rises. Cf. n. 4.
Dmf. 1955 :
Tae grow a ruck tae the easin frae the fit an then pit the heid on it.
4. In comb.: grow-gray, adj., (1) growing grey, greying; (2) made of undyed wool of the natural greyish colour (‡Abd., Per.4 1955); also used substantivally = (clothes made of) wool of the natural grey colour.
(1) Per. 1835 J. Monteath Dunblane Trad. (1887) 117:
While Donal' wi' a grow-grey head, His ain cauld coal maun blaw. (2) Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 70:
The aul' man aye wears grow-grey claise. She keeps hir man weel happit wee grow-grey. Abd. 1873 P. Buchan Inglismill 32:
His hose war' rig an' fur, a guid grow grey. Mearns 1897 Bards Ags. & Mearns (Reid) 155:
'Twas only a Whig wi' a grow-grey wig. Per. 1951 N. B. Morrison Hidden Fairing 91:
Perhaps it was this shawl of grow-grey wool he had never seen her without that made her always remind Bartle of a sheep.
II. n. †1. Growth. Obs. since 16th c. in Eng.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Rock and wee pickle Tow viii.:
I'll gar my ain Tammie gae down to the how, An' cut me a rock of a widdershines grow, Of good rantry-tree for to carry my tow. Abd. p.1768 A. Ross Works (S.T.S.) 191:
Weet, cald, and jurging feet he never minds, Snow, sleet, slush, frost, green grow, or piping winds.
Phr.: on the grow, growing, stretching out.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 22:
Plain was her gown, the hew was of the ewe, An' tatter'd like, for she was on the grow.
†2. Used attrib. = Growthie.
Sc. 1825 Jam.:
Grow weather is a phrase commonly applied to weather that is favourable to vegetable growth, as having both moisture and heat. Abd. 1920 24 :
It's a fine grow nicht.
‡3. Of a river, etc.: a sudden increase in the volume of water, a flood (Mry.1 1925).
Mry. 1897 J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sk. x.:
The burn was beginning to show signs of a “growe,” and men were turning out one by one . . . to have a look at its whitening waters, and speculate.
4. The overhang of a corn-stack, the part where it bulges out (Kcb.10 1955).
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