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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

MALAGRUIZE, v., n. Also malagruze, -groose; -garuze, -garouse, -geroose, molagreeze. [′mɑlɑg(ə)′ruz]

I. v. 1. To dishevel, disarrange, knock about; to spoil (Ags.1 1926; ne.Sc. 1962).Fif. 1894 W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxx.:
Her veil an' her shawl were sae greatly carfuffled an' malagruized.
Abd. 1932 D. Campbell Bamboozled 26:
A'll get ma ain back on the bizzom for that pictur' she malagaruzed.
Kcd. 1933 L. G. Gibbon Cloud Howe 29:
The storms came malagarousing the trees down the length and breadth of the shrilling Howe.

2. To injure or hurt, to punish with physical violence (Arg.1 1926; ne.Sc. 1962); to harm more generally (Bnff., Abd. 2000s).Abd. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 63:
Eident sat the lave there coontin, bit the nickum he says “Na,” Betna bit tak sneeshan oot an' gey-near malagroosed them a'.
Kcd. 1934 L. G. Gibbon Grey Granite 40:
Ma rubbing her leg and swearing: Malagaroused by a cat.
wm.Sc. 1991:
You watch out or Ah'll molagreeze you!
Abd. 1993:
He wis teen up for malageroosin e wife.
Gsw. 1994 Alasdair Gray A History Maker xiv:
"Why remember those nasty centuries when honest folk were queered, pestered and malagroozed by clanjamfries of greedy gangsters who called themselves governments and stock exchanges? ... "

II. n. A hurt, an injury, a drubbing (ne.Sc. 1962).Abd. 1916 G. Abel Wylins 92:
They vowed they widna rist nor snooze Oontill they gied a malagruze To Weelum.

[Mal(e)-, badly + gruse, Groze.]

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