Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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RAFF, n.2 Also erron. roff. A short sharp shower of rain or snow (Ags. 1808 Jam.), accompanied by gusts of wind, a driving shower (Kcd.3 1931; Abd. 1967). Ags. 1790  Jnl. Royal Meteorol. Soc. LXXXIV. 75:
Frost. Very cold. Some Roffs. Snow hills. Roffs of snow and hail.
Sc. 1926  H. M'Diarmid Drunk Man 33:
And her banes in the wund as she comes Dirl like a raff o' rain.

[Orig. obscure. Phs. imit. Cf. Rav.]

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