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GRUMPH, n., v. Also grumf(f).

I. n. 1. A grunt, either from an animal or a person. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1737 Ramsay Proverbs (1750) 20:
Better thole a grumph than a sumph.
Sc. 1814 C. I. Johnstone Saxon & Gael I. v.:
Pressing his lips together, he drew a long sigh or rather grumph, through his nose.
Sc. 1827 Scott Two Drovers i.:
If he had not had his morning in his head, . . . he would have spoken more like a gentleman. But you cannot have more of a sow but a grumph.
Sc. 1830 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1864) III. 36:
A girn — or a toss o' your head — or a grumph, 's a' you aften condescend to gie in answer to a remark.
Rnf. 1835 D. Webster Rhymes 209:
A fig for their pretended care, Their formal grumph and groan.
Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) v.:
“An' a weeda man too!” said Mysie wi' a grumph.
Edb. 1900 E. H. Strain Elmslie's Drag-Net 49:
Sir Thomas gied a kin' o' grumph.
Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 15:
As aye the grumphs flew back an' fore I wished the drooth wid dry their tongue!

2. A name given to a pig (Abd., Ags., Per., Wgt. 1955). See also Grumphie, n., 1. Per. a.1869 C. Spence Poems (1898) 170:
That question ye maun spier at Grumph, Wha . . . was munchin' meallocks frae my pockets.
Ags. 1880 A. M. Soutar Hearth Rhymes 67:
Her hoose wid be nae empty hool If “grumph” wis in the bauks by Yule.
Dmf. 1903 J. L. Waugh Thornhill xvi.:
There's a slauchter-hoose noo, to where we tak' “grumph,” Afore we've her flakes on the rack.

3. One who grunts or complains, a grumbler, a grouser (Bnff., Abd., Per., Fif., Ayr., Kcb., Dmf., Slk. 1955). Hence grumphie, adj., ill-natured, grumpy. Gen.Sc. Kcb. 1912 G. M. Gordon Clay Biggin' 81:
Rory Duff, the baker, . . . himsel' (a grumphie kind o' body) was aye i' the bake-hoose.

II. v. 1. To grunt (both of animals and persons), to grumble, grouse (Rxb. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry, Gl.; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 70; Ant. 1931 North. Whig (14 Dec.) 9). Gen.Sc. Bch. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 52:
The tither wis a pridefu' yade, A grumphin, girnin, snarlin jade.
Fif. 1824 J. Bissett Poems 184:
And several times he tried to grumph. Hoot, says I, ye maunna tear me, Nor wi' your grumphing try to fear me.
Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 76:
A stupid loggerhead of a fellow, who . . . grumfs at all genuine sports, and sits as sour as the devil, when all around him are joyous.
Slk. a.1835 Hogg Tales (1837) V. 62:
She made a great deal o' grumphing an' groaning about the misfortune.
Mry. 1840 Lintie o' Moray (1887) 88:
Silk purse ye canna mak' O' lug o' sow that grumphs, Sirs!
Kcb. 1896 Crockett Grey Man xii.:
The loathly sow . . . grunting and grumphing most filthily.
Abd. 1920 G. P. Dunbar Peat Reek 8:
He wis a girnin' deevil, faith, an' never hed a please, Bit aye gaed grumphin' oot an' in wi' ne'er a wird o' reeze.
Edb. 1928 A. D. Mackie Poems 26:
In a place I ken there's a wee soo lies in the clart, Grumphin' away wi' her gruntle deep in the glaur.
ne.Sc. 1953 Mearns Leader (25 Sept.):
Johnny Ettles dauchelt wi's haimmerin' lang aneuch tae grumph — “Ay, its a gran' treat aweyt.”

2. To sulk, be surly. Rnf. 1947 J. F. Hendry Fernie Brae i. i.:
His grandfather was still not speaking to his uncle. He was “grumphing.”

[Imit.: cf. Eng. grunt.]

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