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BLUITER, Bluitter, n.1, v.1 [′blytər Kcb., Rxb.; ′bl(j)utər Bnff.]

1. n.

(1) “A gust of wind” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B. s.v. bluitter). Cf. Blewder.

(2) “A rumbling noise; as that sometimes made by the intestines” (Sc. 1808 Jam., bluiter; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., bluitter).

(3) “One who breaks wind behind” (ne., w.–s.Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).

2. v.

(1) “To make a rumbling noise” (Sc. 1808 Jam., bluiter; w.Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., bluitter). Peb. 1793 Carlop Green (ed. R. D. C. Brown 1832) 20:
The whaup, frae the south, that bluiters In the bogs, like a soo.

(2) “To do work in a bungling manner” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 13); “to bungle” (Ayr.4 1928).

ppl.adj. bluiterin', clumsy (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 13). Sc. 1912 A.O.W.B. Fables frae the French 37:
The clumsy cuddy heist his hoof, A' worn an' glaur't, the bluit'rin' coof, An' clapp't wi' it his Maister's chin.

(3) “To bluiter up with water, to dilute too much” (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Kcb.9 1935).

[O.Sc. bluiter, blutter, a term of abuse or contempt. Of obscure origin (D.O.S.T.).]

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