Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GRUM, adj., n.2 Also grumm, gromm. [grum, grɔm]

I. adj. 1. Grim, fierce, surly (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), grumm, gromm); of weather: storm-threatening (Jak.). Also in Eng. dial. Hence grummli, “of a grim, fierce or frowning appearance” (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)).

2. Ugly, repulsive (Ib., Sh. 1955). Hence grumly, idem. Sc. a.1852  Great Silkie in
Child Ballads No. 113 ii.:
Then ane arose at her bed-fit, An a grumly guest I'm sure was he: “Here am I, thy bairnis father, Although that I be not comelie.”

II. n. A dark patch (in the sky). Sh. 1914  Angus Gl.:
He's no gjaain ta be lang gud, de'r a grum anunder da sun.

[Cf. Norw. grum, cruel, Dan. dial. grommer, ugly, harsh; gloomy (of the sky), Sw. dial gruma, to become heavily overcast. Cf. also obs. Eng. grum, gloomy, morose, surly.]

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