Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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RUMBALLIACH, adj. Also rambaleugh. Tempestuous, stormy, used of either weather or temperament (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., ‡rambaleugh). Rxb. 1825  Jam.:
A rambaleugh day. . . . She has a rambaleugh temper. . . . A rumballiach wife.
Slk. c.1900  A. J. B. Paterson Mist from Yarrow 111:
Sic a rambaleugh nicht as this.

[Orig. obscure. Cf. Ram- and also sw. Eng. dial. rumbullion, tumult, uproar, rumbullious, noisy.]

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