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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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BUMLIE, n. Also in form bumler.

1. “Anything big, as a sheaf of corn with much grass in it, making it larger than usual” (Abd. 1912 Weekly Free Press (2 Nov.), bumlie).Bnff.2 1937:
It'll tak ye a' yir time t' haive sic bumlers o' shaives t' the tap o' the ruck.
Abd. 1915 H. Beaton Benachie 116: 
There may be some bumlies o' steens hae fa'in' aff the dyke amo' the corn.

2. “In pl., dark, heavy masses of clouds” (Abd. 1912 Weekly Free Press (2 Nov.)).Bnff.2 1937:
It'll be snaw; I dinna like yon bumlers o' cloods in the sooth.

[Prob. a reduced form of Bumlack, n., 2. The form in -er may be on analogy with words like Beezer, Bummer, n.1, 6, etc., indicating anything large or wonderful of its kind.]

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