Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
OORIE, adj. Also ourie, -(e)y, owrie; and dim. forms oorich(ie), oorickie. [′u:ri]
1. Of persons and things: dismal, gloomy, miserable-looking from cold or illness, cold and cheerless, depressing, dejected (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Uls. 1905 Uls. Jnl. Archaeol. 125; Sh., ne.Sc., Fif., Arg. 1964); “having a debauched or dissipated look” (Rxb. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 164); “having the hair on end, like a horse overcome with cold” (Sc. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry Gl.); of weather: dull and chilly, raw, black (Fif. c.1850 R. Peattie MS.). Also adv.
Ayr. 1785 Burns Winter Night iii.:
I thought me on the ourie cattle, Or silly sheep, wha bide this brattle. Rnf. 1806 R. Tannahill Poems (1876) 312:
The lasses a' leugh, an' the carlin flate, But Maggie was sitting fu' ourie an' blate. Ayr. 1821 Galt Ayrshire Legatees 245:
She returned to her husband, who felt already some of the ourie symptoms of a henpecked destiny. Edb. 1822 R. Wilson Poems 48:
But ance a week its dinner cookit, — Nae wonner that it oury lookit! Per. 1842 R. Nicoll Poems (1855) 100:
Where ance the cozie fire was bien, The winter rain-drap owrie fa's. Bnff. 1844 T. Anderson Poems 90:
Whare achin' pain, or owrie sorrow Winna come to vex ye mair. wm.Sc. 1854 Laird of Logan 327:
He daundered doun closes, baith ourie and dark. Sc. 1865 J. W. Carlyle Letters (Froude 1883) III. 261:
But no amount of mere cleaning could give that room a clean look, with that oory, dingy paint and paper. Slg. 1898 J. M. Slimmon Dead Planet 173:
O some stood chitterin' ourie As feart to wet their taes. Abd. 1932 R. L. Cassie Scots Sangs 31:
Seg an' cats'-tail spread a net Owre an ourie, goorie bit, Fleer't wi' fog aye fickle. Sh. 1962 :
Oorie o' risin' — loath to get out of bed, esp. from infirmity or illness.
Hence (1) oorich(ie), id. (Mry. c.1930); of a child: wise for its years, solemn and sagacious, Auld-farrant (‡Lnk. 1952, oorickie); (2) oorie-like, having a languid, exhausted appearance (Dmf. 1808 Jam.); (3) ooriness, chilliness, a shivering (Sc. 1825 Jam.).
(1) Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 268:
I wis cauld an' ourichie comin' doon the glen. Ags. 1897 A. Reid Bards of Angus 283:
Tho' cauld Winter be oorichie, cauldrife, an' eerie. (3) Ayr. 1913 “Kissock” Sc. and Eng. Poems 32:
A' as cauld as streaked deid Wi' ooriness did lye.
2. Of persons: lonely and sad, apprehensive, uneasy, affected by a feeling of the supernatural (Sh. 1964). Hence ooriesam, timorous (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.).
Sh. 1877 G. Stewart Tales 4:
Ir ye no oorie sitten yoursell doon here?
3. Of things: eerie, uncanny, filled with foreboding, strange and disquieting (Dmf. 1938 Chambers's Jnl. (Nov.) 840; Sh. 1957 Sh. Folk Bk. III. 70, Sh. 1964). Also adv.
Gsw. 1877 A. G. Murdoch Laird's Lykewake 21:
When, jist as she had spak' the words, oot on the laich door-stap An oorie fit was heard to fa'. Sh. 1892 J. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 88:
Noo, oorie ower da stubbly rig, Da waandrin breezes nün. Dmf. 1917 J. L. Waugh Cute McCheyne 136:
A queer oorie kind o' a feelin' cam' ower me. Sc. 1926 H. M'Diarmid Drunk Man 26:
Your sallow leafs can never thraw, Wi' a' their oorie shakin'. Sc. 1951 Scots Mag. (Feb.) 410:
Stravaigin in an oorie glen ayont the Wester Sea.
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