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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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CLUD, CLOOD, n. and v. Sc. forms of Eng. cloud (clud Sh., Ork., Bnff.; clood Edb., Ayr., Dmf., Rxb. 2000s). [klʌd, klud]

I. n.

1. As in Eng.: (1) A cloud in the sky; a cloud of smoke or dust; a multitude of birds or insects. Also used attrib. in such combs. as clood-edge, etc.Sc. 1991 William Wolfe in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 65:
The whins are gowd at nune, nae clud in sicht
Yit daurk the lift, for goddesses faa bluidan.
Sh. 1994 Laureen Johnson in James Robertson A Tongue in Yer Heid 164:
Oh weel, hit laekly widna be dry lang onywye. Dey wir black cloods hingin ida ert. I pat da saa back ida shed.
ne.Sc. 1979 Alastair Mackie in Joy Hendry Chapman 23-4 (1985) 65:
At best short sun-blinks
atween the weety louer o cloods
Abd.(D) 1920 C. Murray In the Country Places 11:
To some clood-edge I'd daunder furth an', feth, Look ower an' watch hoo things were gyaun aneth.
Abd. 1998 Sheena Blackhall The Bonsai Grower 48:
The gaitherin ranks o the Godly didna bide claikin ootbye, sae caul and sae quanter the day, wi gurly cloods wechty wi blin smore rowin roon the lums o the toon.
m.Sc. 1870 J. Nicholson Idylls o' Hame 91:
When Autumn wuds the gatherin' cluds O' ca'in rooks arrest.
em.Sc.(a) 1991 Kate Armstrong in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 110:
This is the laund that bigs the winds; winds big the cloods;
the cloods, the weit, the weit, the grun; an antrin steer
o syle an rain.
Fif. 1982 Hamish Brown in Hamish Brown Poems of the Scottish Hills 155:
Aye, there's hills, they say, rise tae the cloods
An peaks the likes o dreams, mun
Edb. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick xv.:
The stour flew up in cloods an' set a'body hoastin.
Gall.(D) 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 19:
Ye see they're gettin Ayrshire factors there noo' an their greedy countrymen'll spreed ower the lan like cluds o' locusts, an swalla up everything.
Dmf. 1877 R. W. Thom Jock o' the Knowe 31:
‘Twas thus ilk lunting oracle spoke Frae amid a clud o' tobacco smoke.

Hence cludless (Edb. 1901 J. W. M'Laren Sc. Poems 62); cludy, cloody, (a) cloudy; (b) gloomy.(a) s.Sc. 1847 H. S. Riddell Poems 329:
Scotland's cauld, and cludy sky.
(b) Bnff.(D) 1918 M. Symon Wir Roup 2:
Ye min' the story? Foo we leuch! An' foo the aul' man grat! As aye the cloody climax cam', “My guid, new, guinea hat!”

(2) A wide scarf knitted (gen. in two colours) on thick pins, worn over the head like a hood and crossed over in front to tie Behind the back.Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 18:
Fine tae rank oot cloods an' moggans, An' flee the braes wi' thrang toboggans.

2. Comb.: clud fawer, “a spurious child; q[uasi] fallen from the clouds” (Rxb. (Teviotdale) 1825 Jam.2; 1923 Watson W.-B., obs.).

3. Phr. under cloud of night, under cover of darkness, freq. implying furtive or felonious intention. Orig. Sc. from c.1500 and common in legal usage. Now also found in St.Eng., liter. Sc. 1724 W. Hector Judicial Rec. (1876) I. 106:
The said Defenders, under cloud of night, Came to the Complainers Dwelling House.
Sc. 1745 Woodhouselee MS. 67:
The minister of Craigie came owt under clowd of night to us at Woodhouslea.
Sc. 1828 Scott F.M. Perth iv.:
They break into our houses under cloud of night.

II. v.

1. Used with Eng. meanings, lit. and fig. Ppl.adj. cludit, clouded.Abd.(D) 1916 G. Abel Wylins fae my Wallet 57:
An' to clood the morn's mornin' wi' a dreed.
Peb. 1805 J. Nicol Poems II. 2:
An' cludit skies, an' wud-crown'd hills, Wave in the dimplin stream.
Ayr. [1836] J. Ramsay Woodnotes (1848) 204:
Nae mair, when gloamin' cluds the plain, And wooers come, he'll rack his chain.

2. To blend or variegate colours. Obs. in Eng. Vbl.n. cludin, blending, variegation. Sc. a.1900 Lady J. Scott Songs (1904) 13:
An' the broom on the knowes is wavin' wi' its cludin o' gowd and green.
Fif. 1954:
When the colours of cloth run into one another in the wash, ye've cluddit it, and it's a' cluddit.

[O.Sc. clud, c.1400, clood, 1615, a cloud in the sky, or of mist; a dense swarm, Cluddie, cludy are also found in O.Sc., but the verb does not appear (D.O.S.T.). The form clood is the reg. development of O.E. clūd, a mass of rock, later a mass of vapour, and clud, the more common form in Mod.Sc., is from a shortened clŭd, the vowel being prob. shortened in the derivative cludig, and the shortened form then extended to the original word.]

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