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BLUFFERT, Bliffert, Bliffart, Bleffert, n. and v. [′blʌfərt n.Sc. but Bnff., Abd., Bch., Mearns, Ayr. + ′blɪfərt; ′blɛfərt Abd., Mearns]

1. n.

(1) “A squall; generally conveying the idea of wind and rain” (Abd., Mearns 1825 Jam.2, s.v. bleffert, bliffert; Ags.1 1935). Mry. 1925 1 ;
7 :
A bluffert o' win' cam' an cairrit awa' the heid o' the strae ruck.
Abd. 1844  W. Thom Rhymes and Recoll., etc. 71:
Thro' blifferts o' caul' they yaumer an' yaul, An' want ye to warm them, May.
Abd.(D) 1900  C. Murray Hamewith 49;
19 :
What fell bluffert blew him here.
Ayr. 1913  W. Kissock Sc. and Eng. Poems (per Ayr.4):
Bliffart, a squall.

(2) (See quot.) Mearns 1825  Jam.2:
Bleffert, Bliffert. A sudden and violent fall of snow, but not of long continuance.

(3) “A blow, a stroke” (Mearns, Ags. 1825 Jam.2, s.v. bluffert). Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 13:
He widna haud's tung, an' a ga 'im a bliffart o' the side o' the hehd.

(4) fig. “The attack of calamity” (Abd. 1825 Jam.2, s.v. bleffert). Bch. 1804  W. Tarras Poems 28:
No; rather let's ilk daintie sip, . . . An' every adverse bliffert hip.

2. v. “To bluster, as the wind” (Abd. 1825 Jam.2, s.v. bluffert).

Hence bluffertin, ppl.adj., blustering, gusty (Abd. 1825 Jam.2).

[Prob. from Bluff, v., to blow + -ert, a variant form of suff. -ard, seen in words like placard, bragart and blizzard. Cf. Blaffart.]

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