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RAMFEEZLE, v. Also ramfeezal; with alternative second element, ramfoozle; rampoozle (Watson). [rəm′fi:zəl; Per., Fif. ′-fuzəl; Abd., Fif. ′-puzəl]

1. To disarrange, muddle (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; Abd., Kcd., Per., Fif. 1967). Ppl.adj. ramfeezled, -foozled, confused, muddled, stupefied; spent, exhausted, wearied (Sc. 1818 Sawers). Ayr. 1786 Burns 2nd Ep. J. Lapraik iii.:
The tapetless ramfeezl'd hizzie, She's saft at best, and something lazy.
Gsw. 1877 A. G. Murdoch Laird's Lykewake 52:
Speak, man! ye auld ramfeezl'd doddie!
e.Lth. 1885 S. Mucklebackit Rural Rhymes 179:
I'm clean gane gyte an' ramfeezled gin the auld cadgie fule be-na owre the lugs in love.
Ags. 1901 W. J. Milne Reminisc. 63:
“He'll ken fine what ye mean.” “He'll need,” quo I, “for I'm fair ramfoozled, an' divna ken.”
Per.4 1950:
A'm fair ramfeezled. What a ramfeezled wey o' workin'.

2. To put into a state of disorder, turn topsy-turvy. Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr. Duguid 262:
When they found naething to reward their thievery, they wreckit and ramfoozled the quheir, they cowpit the high altar, and brunt the tapestried arras.

3. Deriv. ramfeezlement, (1) disorder, confusion, the effects of fatigue or exhaustion (Ayr. 1825 Jam.); (2) a babble of angry words, a violent quarrel (Ib.). Edb. 1821 Scots Mag. (April) 351:
A kin' o' nettling ramfeezalment gart a' my heart whiltie-whaltie.

[The word seems to have been a creation of Burns, from whom it was borrowed by later writers. The first element appears to be Ram-, the second is obscure (but ? cf. Eng. dial. feeze, to beat, “do for”) and has been altered to Eng. foozle, with corresponding extension of meaning.]

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