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GROSER, n. Also grozer. A gooseberry (Sc. 1808 Jam., groser; Per. 1915, Fif. 1926 Wilson; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Abd., Ags. (gen. green groser), Per., Fif., Clc. 1955). Also attrib. with buss and in comb. hairy grozer (Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) viii.). [′grozər] Per. 1816  J. Duff Poems 160:
Just grozers an' rizers an' a', Brumbels, blae berries an' a'.
Abd. 1853  W. Cadenhead Flights 191:
And Geordie Deary's grozers — O'! I think I taste them yet.
Knr. 1886  “H. Haliburton” Horace 47:
Wha's grozer-busses mak' amen's For scarcity o' crap.
Sc. 1935  D. Rorie Lum Hat 32:
Tak a' thing as it comes, An' niver wyte the grozer buss For no' bein' fu' o' plums.
Ags. 1942  Scots Mag. (Nov.) 109:
Ripe and unripe “grosers” followed each other with great haste into the bag.

[O.Sc. has grosar, -er, from 1529. Ad. Fr. groseille with substitution of r for l. For similar interchange of r and l cf. Channel, n.1 and Channer, n.1]

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"Groser n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 May 2019 <>



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