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ALAGRUGOUS, ALLA-, ALLAGROOIS, adj. Grim; ghastly; sour; woebegone. [ɑlɛ′gru:gs (based on Ellis)] Bnff.(D) 1924  “Knoweheid” in Swatches o' Hamespun 16:
She's an allagroois-lookin deem at best, bit she'd fleg the deil himsel the day.
Abd.(D) c.1750  R. Forbes Journal from London (1767) 13:
She look'd sae alagrugous that a bodie wou'd nae car'd to meddle wi' her.
Abd.(D) c.1780  in Ellis E.E.P. (1889) V. 775 (21):
A'm seer they baith bee[t] to be dirlin, kas fin the glyde raise, he hed an alagrugous look. [Transliterated from Ellis's version. Translated by Innes, ib.: “I am sure they both must have been pained to quivering, because when the actionless fellow rose, he had a sour woe-begone look.”]
Ags. 1816  G. Beattie John o' Arnha' (1826) 59:
An allagrugous, gruesome spectre.

[Etym. uncertain. See Grugous. Jam. says (1808): “In the West of S[cotland] malagrugous [q.v.] is used in the same sense.”]

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