Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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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. 1937 2 :
It'll tak ye a' yir time t' haive sic bumlers o' shaives t' the tap o' the ruck.

2. “In pl., dark, heavy masses of clouds” (Abd. 1912 Weekly Free Press (2 Nov.)). Bnff. 1937 2 :
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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