Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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STUNDER, n. A sudden whim or impulse, a freakish notion or action, also in form stunderimp, id. (Ork. 1929 Marw., Ork. 1971). Adj. stundery, fitful, apt to act in a freakish or irresponsible manner (Id.); moody (Ork. 1971). Nonce deriv. stoondriment, a fit of unusual behaviour (Ork. 1971), of which stunderimp above may be a corruption. Ork. 1911  Old-Lore Misc. IV. ii. 67:
An old man who took what was called a “stunder afore daeth,” and married a young woman.
Ork. 1920  :
The horse teuk a stunder (sudden swerve) tae the side. The man teuk a stunder that he wisno right lukkit efter.
Ork. 1948 1 :
My watch has taen a stoondriment o keepin correct time.

[An intensive deriv. of Stound, n.1, 4., q.v.]

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