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GRIMLINS, Also grimm(e)lings (Ork. 1922 J. Firth Reminisc. 77), grimplins, grumlins. Twilight, the “first or last gleams of daylight” (Ork. 1929 Marw., grim(p)lins, Ork. 1955; Cai.3 1931, grimmelings). [′grɪm(ə)lɪnz, ′grɪm(p)lins (Marw.)] Ork. 1908 Old-Lore Misc. I. vi. 224:
Bit alis, alis, whin da grimlins cam' an' he gaed tae geong hame feinty sheep nor shoon fand he.
Ork. 1922 J. Firth Reminisc. 114:
In the “grimmelings” the youngsters were employed to strip the green peel off [the rushes], leaving the white pith, “as saft as silk,” which, swimming in sillock oil, barely made darkness visible.

[Deriv. of Norw. dial. grimla, to glimmer, twinkle, blink. Cf. grimlen, shining intermittently, e.Sw. grim(b)la, to glimmer before the eyes.]

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"Grimlins n. pl.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 6 Dec 2021 <>



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