Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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RAM-, pref. Also rum-. Used with intensive force before words which gen. imply something forcible, vigorous or disorderly. See Ramfeezle, Ramscooter, Ramsheucht, Ramstacker, Ramstageous, Ramstoorie, Ramstougar, Ramstuggen, Ramtanglement, Rumballiach, Rumgumption.

[Etym. doubtful. Phs. orig. from the 16th-c. Eng. cant adj. rum, rome, good, excellent, great, but in some cases influenced by ram, the male sheep, connoting blundering, headstrong, violent.]

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