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RAMSTOUGAR, adj. Also deriv. forms ramstougerous, ramstoogerous, ramstugerous. [rɑm′stugər(ʌs)]

1. Rough, with the implication of strength, stark (Cld., Rxb. 1825 Jam.); of cloth: coarse, rough-textured (Ib.).

2. Of a woman: bold, masculine (Ib.; Lnk. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XI. 155).

3. Irresponsible, hare-brained, heedless (Cld., Rxb. 1825 Jam.).

4. Rough in manner, boisterous, riotous, disorderly (Lth. 1825 Jam.; Lnk. 1967); quarrelsome (Rxb. 1825 Jam.). Ags. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxxv.:
There was a drove o' ramstougerous, camsteerie vagabonds o' Heelan' stots.
s.Sc. 1897  E. Hamilton Outlaws iv.:
“Ramstougerous! ye fule,” he cried curtly, “I tell you they're neither to haud nor bind where women and wickedness are concerned.”
Lnk. 1927  G. Rae Where Falcons Fly vi.:
Biggar is the kingdom o' heaven to this cauld ramstugerous hole.

[First element, Ram-, pref. For second element cf. Stugger, a big ungainly woman, also Ramstuggen.]

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"Ramstougar adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Feb 2019 <>



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