Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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STOWF, n., v. Also stouff, †stuff. [stʌuf]

I.n. Dust, fine powder (Ags. 1808 Jam., stuff). Fif. 1827  W. Tennant Papistry 221:
A cloud o' limy stouff and stour.

II. v. tr. and intr. To send up or rise in clouds as a vapour. Only in Tennant. Fif. 1827  W. Tennant Papistry 98–9:
Mirky clouds in th' afternoon Come stowfin' up the west . . . Sauces, soups, and geills, and creams, Up-stowfin' to the roof their steams.

[The evidence for this word, apart from Tennant's liter. usage, is somewhat uncertain, but the orig. could phonologically be traced to Du. stof, dust, from which Tennant may have taken it. For the diphthong cf. Howf.]

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