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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).

RAMGUNSHOCH, adj., n. Also -ogh (E.D.D.); ramguntch-agh (Uls.), rangunshock (Sc. 1888 C. MacKay Dict.); rumgunshoch, -ach (Sc. 1832 A. Henderson Proverbs 144). [rəm′gʌnʃʌx]

I. adj. 1. Bad-tempered, surly, rude and boorish (Uls. a.1870 W. Lutton Montaighisms (1924) 32; Abd. 1904 E.D.D.; Wgt. 1967). Cf. Garmunshach.Sc. 1721 J. Kelly Proverbs 348:
What makes you so Ramgunshoch to me, and I so Corcudoch.
Ayr. 1796 Burns Had I the Wyte? ii.:
For our ramgunshoch, glum guidman Is o'er ayont the water.
Sc. 1933 Kelso Chron. (3 Nov.) 5:
For roch, ramgunshoch fishers 'twas a thochtie owre genteel.

2. Of soil: stony, rocky (Ayr. 1825 Jam.).

II. n. A boorish, rude clown, a person with rough, crude manners (Ayr. 1825 Jam.; Uls. a.1870 W. Lutton Montaighisms (1924) 32).

[Ram- + ? cf. Glunsh, v.1, n.1, Gansh.]

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