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CLUD, CLOOD, n. and v. Sc. forms of Eng. clpud. [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. 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.
m.Sc. 1870 J. Nicholson Idylls o' Hame 91:
When Autumn wuds the gatherin' cluds O' ca'in rooks arrest.
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. 1887 R. W. Thom Jock o' the Knowe 31:
‘Twas thus ilk lunting oracle spoke Frae amid a clud o' tobacco smoke.

Hence 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.).

II. v. 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.

[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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