Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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ARM, adj. and v. [ɑrm]

1. adj. Poor = wretched, weakly and thin. Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
He's nedder puir or arm, i.e. he is well off.

2. v., intr. To crawl about (spoken of a wretched, emaciated being). Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
De sheep gengs armin aboot de dykes.

[O.N. armr, O.E. earm, Ger. arm, poor.]

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