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GLAURIE, adj., n., v. Also glaury, glaary, glarie, -ey, †glarry; ¶glairy. [′gl:re, ′glɑ:re]

I. adj. Muddy, dirty (Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 249; Per., Slg., Knr., m.Lth., Bwk., Kcb., Uls. 1954), slimy. Of weather: sticky, clammy. Rnf. 1788 E. Picken Poems 38:
Through glaury holes an' dybes nae mair Ye'll ward my pettles frae the lair.
Lth. 1813 G. Bruce Poems 141:
For our Police sic order keep, That shou'd a kittlen, Be thrown that day wi' glarie sweep, They'd get a settlin.
Ags. 1855 “Robin” Rimes and Poems 28:
Across and slantways glarey streaks did pass, And lookit like the slimy marks o' snails.
Lnk. 1880 Cld. Readings (2nd ed.) 158:
Dancin' thro' the brig wi' mair gladsome step an' joyous ripple, than ever graced the glaury Kelvin.
Dmf. a.1881 Carlyle in Atlantic Monthly LXXXII. 451:
Long-continued plunges of wet, then clammy, glarry days on days of half wet.
m.Sc. 1917 J. Buchan Poems 48:
A glaury loan, a tumblin' kirk, Twae glandered mears, a dwaibly stirk.
Sc. 1936 J. G. Horne Flooer o' the Ling 52:
The glairy ploo I'm fain to follow.

II. n. A clay marble (wm.Sc.1 c.1900; Arg. 1936 L. McInnes Dial. S. Kintyre 14, glaary).

III. v. To dirty, soil, as with mud (Bwk.3 1954). Abd. 1826 D. Anderson Poems 28:
A tin ink-stan', an' writin' table, Wi' ink an' soot a' glaried sable.

[From Glaur, n.1, v., q.v.]

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