Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

GRUTE, n., v. Also grut, groot, grout; grøt (Jak.). [Sc. grøt, Ork. grut, grʌut]

I. n. 1. Thick sediment, esp. the sediment of oil made from fish-livers (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., grute, 1914 Angus Gl., grüt; Ork. 1922 J. Firth Reminisc. 151, groot, 1929 Marw.; Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 73, Cai. 1955); any thin liquid mess of food, mud, etc. (Ork.4 1955); “oil for wool-carding” (Sh. 1913 J. M. Hutcheson W.-L., grüte; Cai.4 c.1920).

Hence (1) grootie, adj., of oil: full of sediment, dirty (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), 1914 Angus Gl.; Ork. 1955, grootie); (2) grootins, n.pl., any dirty, oily thing (Sc. 1911 S.D.D. Add.). Also in combs. grootie barrel, grooty-pig, a barrel or jar for holding oil rendered from fish livers (Ork. 1929 Marw.; Sh. 1955), grootie kettle, the pot or cauldron in which the livers were boiled (Sh. 1955), also grotty-, grutty- (Ib.); (3) gruito, the drain or channel in a byre, the Gruip (Ork. 1929 Marw.). (1) Ork. 1940 1 :
Thir's some grooty oil in yin flask.
Sh. 1953  New Shetlander No. 35. 5:
An weel I mind whin I was young, Da kollie hingin doon, aa gröttie.

2. Extended to denote “any dirty evil-smelling substance” (Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 74), an unseemly mixture (Cai.3 1940); “potato soup” (Fif. 1916 T.S.D.C. II., grout).

Hence groutie, adj., roughish, gritty (Upper Cld. 1825 Jam.). In Yks. dial. = full of sediment.

II. v. To grub, poke about amongst muddy or messy matter (Cai.9 1939, groot; Ork., Cai. 1955). Hence grootin, messy (Ork.5 1955, “a grootin job”).

[I.Sc. and Cai. forms derive from Norw. grut, sediment, grounds, Icel. grútur, the dregs of train-oil. The Fif. and Cld. forms = Eng. grout, coarse meal, sediment, O.E. grūt.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Grute n., v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2019 <https://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/grute>

11790

snd

Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

    Loading...

Share: