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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).

AGROUF, AGROOF, AGRUFE, Agruif, Agruff, adv. Face downwards, prone. See also Grouf.Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 200:
Swith to Castalius' Fountain-Brink, Dad down a Grouf, and take a Drink.
Sc. 1808 Jam.:
Agrufe, flat or grovelling.
Kcb.4 c.1925:
To lie agruff is wi' one's face downwards wi' the head resting on the fore-arm.
Rxb. 1811 A. Scott Poems 32:
By help o' books to've travell'd far, Streek'd on the fog at ease, A grouf beside my fleecy care Might gien my muse a heeze.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
Agroof, also agruif, a grouf: on one's stomach; esp. said of infants on being dressed, etc.
Slk. c.1820 Hogg Tales, etc. (1837) II. 153:
Then I carried them to different sides o' the water, an' laid them down agroof, wi' their heads at the inwith.

[Reduced from O.Sc. on grouf, Mid.Eng. on grufe, ad. O.N. ā grūfu, on the belly, face down. O.Sc. has also agroufe, agruif.]

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