Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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RAMSTOORIE, adj., v. [rɑm′sturi]

I. adj. Slap-dash, rough and ready, of a vigorous but not meticulous worker (Kcd., Ags., Per., Slg. 1967). Ags. 1949  :
When a woman barges through her house-work like a bull at a gate, and her attitude is sort of “anything will do if it does” we say she is “right ramstoorie.”

II. v. To drub, trounce, set about with violence (Slg. 1960). Cf. Ramscooter and Ramskittle.

[Ram-, pref., + Stour, v.]

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