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BEGRUTTEN, Begritten, Begrat, Begreeten, ppl.adj. Tear-stained, lamenting (rare). [bə′grʌt(n), -′gritn, -′grɑt, -′grtn] Sc. 1712 R. Wodrow Analecta (Maitland Club) (1842) II. 84:
When she came in, she found him lying before his bed, all begrutten.
Abd.(D) 1916 G. Abel Wylins fae my Wallet 125:
Fat need ava o' ither prayer Than that begrutten cheek?
Ags. 1897 “F. Mackenzie” Sprays of Northern Pine iv.:
Even the witness was sair begrutten.
Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto Tammas Bodkin (1868) xxix.:
I was wae to see her lookin' sae bleered an' begrutten.
Edb. 1866 J. Smith Merry Bridal, etc. 83:
Her pale, pale face was sair begrat.
Ayr. 1821 Galt Ann. Parish iii.:
Kate and Effie, looking out from the door all begreeten.
w.Dmf. 1917 J. L. Waugh Cute McCheyne iv.:
“Chair!” said the puir begrutten woman.
Rxb. 1820 A.M. Popular Superstitions of Teviotdale in Hawick Arch. Soc. (1912) 45:
Her child, which was crying bitterly and “a' begritten oure.”

[Be, pref., 2 + Grutten, s.v. Greet. O.Sc. begrete, to beweep, pa.p. begrett and begrouttin (D.O.S.T.).]

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