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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).

DUMPISH, adj. and v. Also dumpeese (Sh.); dumpage, -itch (ne.Sc.).

1. adj. As in Eng. = dejected, melancholy.Abd. 1875 W. Alexander My ain Folk 67:
We thocht he hed jist been dumpitch aboot things 't hed happen't at the time.
Abd. 1924 Swatches 56:
At lang len'th he leeft aff his dumpage wyes.

2. v. †(1) To make melancholy, to sadden or grieve; gen. in ppl.adj. dumpish'd.Ags. 1790 D. Morison Poems 187:
How happy the laddie that love ne'er beguiles, Ne'er dumpish'd with frowns, or the sly maiden wiles.
Hdg. a.1801 R. Gall Poems (1819) 143:
O wae to her cantraips! for dumpish'd I wander.

(2) In ppl.adj. = stupefied (Sh.3 1940); grumpy, surly (Sh.10 1950).Sh. 1886 J. Burgess Sk. and Poems 28:
Like a dumpees'd füle.
Sh. 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 23:
Foo lang is doo gaun ta sit stoorin' i' da flöer laek ane dumpeest, why does doo no shaw da caird?

[For [ɪtʃ, ɪdȝ] = Eng. -ish, cf. deevil(i)dge s.v. Deevil.]

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