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OOM, v. To appear hazily through mist or darkness, gen. with up (Sh. 1964). Most freq. in vbl. n. oomin, oomund, umond (Jak.):

1. An indistinct appearance or image of anything, e.g. the loom of land through a haze (Sh. 1964). Sh. 1892 Manson's Sh. Almanac:
I saa da oomunds o sometin i da ask bewast wis.

2. In fisherman's lang.: a slight feeling or sensation, as of fish nibbling at the bait (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)). Sh. 1903 E.D.D.:
A fisherman while holding his hand-line says that he had “the oomund o' a fish,” i.e. by certain signs he concludes that there is a fish at his bait, though he has not got a bite.

3. In gen.: an inkling, suspicion, notion, foreboding. Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 98:
For t'o' sheu hed nee tryst that nicht, Alinerly wi' ony wicht, Sheu hed a peerie oomin' o'd.
Ork. 1956 C. M. Costie Benjie's Bodle 106:
No a star tae be seen ava, an' a kind o' oomin' i' the wind.

[Prob. an unaspirated form of Hum, v.3, q.v. Cf. Faer. hómi, an indistinct sight or idea of something. See also Oomskit.]

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