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GROW, v., n. Also growe, grou; grouw (Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff 17; Sh. 1916 J. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr Aapril 9). Sc. forms and usages:

I. v. A. Forms: Pa.t.: weak, growed (m.Sc. 1870 J. Nicholson Idylls 82), groued (Abd. 1932 D. Campbell Bamboozled 12); strong, grew; graeu (Ork. 1908 Old-Lore Misc. I. vi. 221); pa.p. str., grou(e)n (Abd. 1915 H. Beaton Benachie 75, 1931 D. Campbell Uncle Andie 22), ¶grawn (Sc. 1887 Stevenson Underwoods 186), wk., growed (em.Sc. 1926 H. Hendry Poems 86). [grʌu; pa.t. gru, grʌud, Rxb. griu, grju; pa.p. grʌu(ə)n, grʌud]

B. Sc. usages:

1. Vbl.n. growan, growth (ne.Sc. 1881 Gregor Folk-Lore, Gl.). Obs. in Eng. since 16th c. For n.phr. grace and growin', see Grace, n., 2.

2. Pa.p. grown in adj. comb. grown-up, overgrown, choked (Sh., Cai., em.Sc.(b), wm., sm. and s.Sc. 1955). Rxb. 1923  Watson W.-B.:
A gairden grown-up wi' weeds.
Rxb. 1927  E. C. Smith Braid Haaick 12:
She is a traillie-wallets; hir pantry's fair grown-up wui dirrt.

3. In building a corn-rick: to push out successive rows of sheaves to give the necessary overhang, to cause the rick to bulge as it rises. Cf. n. 4. Dmf. 1955  :
Tae grow a ruck tae the easin frae the fit an then pit the heid on it.

4. In comb.: grow-gray, adj., (1) growing grey, greying; (2) made of undyed wool of the natural greyish colour (‡Abd., Per.4 1955); also used substantivally = (clothes made of) wool of the natural grey colour. (1) Per. 1835  J. Monteath Dunblane Trad. (1887) 117:
While Donal' wi' a grow-grey head, His ain cauld coal maun blaw.
(2) Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 70:
The aul' man aye wears grow-grey claise. She keeps hir man weel happit wee grow-grey.
Abd. 1873  P. Buchan Inglismill 32:
His hose war' rig an' fur, a guid grow grey.
Mearns 1897  Bards Ags. & Mearns (Reid) 155:
'Twas only a Whig wi' a grow-grey wig.
Per. 1951  N. B. Morrison Hidden Fairing 91:
Perhaps it was this shawl of grow-grey wool he had never seen her without that made her always remind Bartle of a sheep.

II. n. †1. Growth. Obs. since 16th c. in Eng. Abd. 1768  A. Ross Rock and wee pickle Tow viii.:
I'll gar my ain Tammie gae down to the how, An' cut me a rock of a widdershines grow, Of good rantry-tree for to carry my tow.
Abd. p.1768  A. Ross Works (S.T.S.) 191:
Weet, cald, and jurging feet he never minds, Snow, sleet, slush, frost, green grow, or piping winds.

Phr.: on the grow, growing, stretching out. Abd. 1768  A. Ross Helenore 22:
Plain was her gown, the hew was of the ewe, An' tatter'd like, for she was on the grow.

2. Used attrib. = Growthie. Sc. 1825  Jam.:
Grow weather is a phrase commonly applied to weather that is favourable to vegetable growth, as having both moisture and heat.
Abd. 1920 24 :
It's a fine grow nicht.

3. Of a river, etc.: a sudden increase in the volume of water, a flood (Mry.1 1925). Mry. 1897  J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sk. x.:
The burn was beginning to show signs of a “growe,” and men were turning out one by one . . . to have a look at its whitening waters, and speculate.

4. The overhang of a corn-stack, the part where it bulges out (Kcb.10 1955).

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