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GRESS, n., v. A Sc. form of Eng. grass (Sc. 1818 Sawers; I., nn., mn.(b), em.Sc., Wgt., s.Sc. 1955). See P.L.D. § 48.1. (1). Also grais (ne.Sc. 1881 Gregor Folk-Lore, Gl.), graiss, †grase. For other forms, see Garse, n., v.2, and Girse. [grɛs]

I. n. As in Eng. Hence (1) dim. gressag, a blade of grass (Cai.); (2) gressie, adj. grassy. (1) Cai. 1929 John o' Groat Jnl. (1 March):
Angie's neeps wis scientific aneuch, for ye widna see a soorag or even a gressag 'mang them.
(2) Knr. 1886 “H. Haliburton” Horace 88:
O then what muntin' an' what ridin' The gressy wildernesses wide in, To herd the flocks that winna bide in.
Dmf. 1915 D. J. Beattie Oor Gate-en' 9:
Swat doon on the gressy knowe.

II. v. To feed on grass, to pasture. Gen. in vbl.n. gressin, grazing, pasturage (Cai. 1955). Phr. no worth a cock's gressin, of little value, worthless (Ork.5 1955). Cai. 1900 E.D.D.:
He has gressin for ten kye.

[O.Sc. has gres, gresse, graisse, etc., from a.1350; early Mid.Eng. gres, O.E. græs.]

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"Gress n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Jun 2021 <>



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