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DROUK, DROOK, v., n. Also druke, †druck, †drouck, †drowk. [druk]

1. v. Gen. found in ppl.adj. or vbl.n.

(1) tr. To drench, to soak, to wet thoroughly; “to wet or steep meal or bran in hot water” (n.Ant. 1924 North. Whig (14 Jan.)). Gen.Sc. Also in n.Eng. dial. Also freq. drookle (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.; Sh.10 1950; Bnff.2 1940; Fif.16 1950). Sc. 1816 Scott Antiquary vi.:
Marching in terribly drouket, an mony a sair hoast was amang them.
Sc. 1823 J. G. Lockhart Reg. Dalton I. 243:
Ellen, when she came ashore, was as druckit as a water-wagtail.
Ork. 1920 J. Firth Reminisc. (1922) 57:
Girls often came home from a feet-washing “fairly drooked”, but a wetting like this was never regretted by the one who secured the ring.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 37:
Ayont the pool, I spy'd the lad that fell; Drouket an' looking unko ourlach like.
Edb. 1844 J. Ballantine Miller vi.:
The jaded coal horses, scranky an' lean, Are a' droukit through wi' the cauld raw sleet.
Rnf. 1788 E. Picken Poems 50:
Or, whan we're drowket to the skin, An' hae some clink at will.
Ayr. 1792 Burns Weary Pund o' Tow ii.:
And ay she took the tither souk To drouk the stourie tow.
Uls. 1910 C. C. Russell Ulster 41:
A day to entice you to go out, and when you are well away without your umbrella, to send you home “drukin',” or “druket.”

Hence drooky, wet, damp (Slg.3 1940). Kcb. 1896 S. R. Crockett Grey Man xiv.:
The promise of oncoming foul weather was in the feel of the raw, drooky air. No sooner was it dark than a smurr of rain began to fall.

(2) intr. To drip with moisture (Slg.3 1940). Also in Yks. dial. Gall. c.1870 Bards of Gall. (ed. M. Harper 1889) 162:
. . . the wee bashfu' flowers Hung a' droukin' wi' dew, 'neath the willows' green bowers.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
Ee're duist fair drookin' (wi' wat).

(3) Ppl.adj. in comb. drookit (drookled) stour, mud (Abd.4 1928, drookled-; Ags.17 1940). Sc. 1923 R. MacRailt Hoolachan 28:
Weel, just to mak' it plainer to your understanding, glaur, whilk is identical wi' glaupit clart, is just, as ony bairn wad ken, drookit stour.

2. n. A drenching; a soaking state (Cld. 1825 Jam.2; Ags., Fif. 1950), esp. in phr. in a drouck o' swaet, in a bath of perspiration, in a lather of sweat. Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 28:
He lay an ferkied wi' hid a peerie while i' the kirk-yaird, till he wus i' a drouck o' swaet.

[O.Sc. has drouk, drowk, to drench or soak, from 1513, also drouked. Origin uncertain: cf. O.N. drukna, to be drowned, which, however, should give a short vowel in Sc. The word is to be associated in form and meaning with Draik, drawk, Droke. See note to Draik.]

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