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RAMISED, adj. Also ramist, raamisd, ra(a)mest, raame(e)sed (Sh. 1949 J. Gray Lowrie 57), ra(a)mished, -t; raumished (Sh. 1908 Old-Lore Misc. I. viii. 312); romised. Dazed, as from lack of sleep or from being suddenly awakened, stupefied, listless in a peevish, fretful way, esp. of a child (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 182, 1866 Edm. Gl., 1914 Angus Gl., Sh. 1967); witless, stupid. [′rɑmɪst] Sh. 1899  J. Spence Folk-Lore 180:
Holding in her lap a ramished bairn, which she soothes by singing.
Sh. 1899  Shetland News (1 June):
Raamis'd föle 'at shü wis.
Sh. 1915  Old-Lore Misc. VIII. i. 61:
In a' his döins wi' da bokies, niver afore had he heard da lik, an', in his romised state, hit soonded a' da waer.
Sh. 1922  J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 25:
If Girzzie waukens oot o' her first sleep in a raamest fit.
Sh. 1949  J. Gray Lowrie 82:
I wis kinda raamished, an' wisna gotten da gurr oot o' me een, whin shu bade me turn me ower.

[Norw. dial. raumska, to come round from sleeping to waking, romsen, not fully awake. The form however seems to have been influenced by Rammish.]

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"Ramised adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Jun 2019 <>



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