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OORLICH, adj., n. Also ourlach, o'rlich, (h)urloch, oorlick. [′u:rlɪç]

I. adj. Of persons: miserable-looking from cold, hunger or illness, pinched, haggard, shivery, out-of-sorts (Abd. 1929, oorlick); of the weather: damp, chilly and unpleasant, raw, bleak, depressing (Bch. 1808 Jam.; ne.Sc. 1964); of things: sad and depressing, eerie. Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 45:
Ayont the pool, I spy'd the lad that fell, Drouket, an' looking unko ourlach-like.
Mry. 1806  R. Jamieson Ballads I. 295:
And mony a cald hurloch eenin, Through weet and through snaw had he gane.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xviii.:
Oorlich shoo'ers o' drift an' hail.
Abd. 1915  H. Beaton Benachie 163:
There's been a drap rain, an' she may be o'rlich kin'.
Bnff. 1922  Banffshire Jnl. (18 April) 2:
As oorlich as the greetin' hellwarye The crafters, mossin' to the tap, can hear, Hine, hine awa', the grouse scraich ower the meer.
Bnff. 1953 ,
:
A gey oorlich pairt o the country, yon. A richt oorlich kin o a day.

II. n. A starved-looking, stunted person (Abd. 1911 Abd. Wkly. Jnl. (20 Jan.)). Abd. 1922  Swatches o' Hamespun 87:
A smoolach o' a carlie staviet in the idder day, An unca-lookin' oorlick.

[From Oorie, with -lich suff. substituted. See -Och, II. 2. (3).]

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"Oorlich adj., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 Jan 2018 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/oorlich>

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