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RAMMAGE, adj. Also ramage. [′rɑmədʒ]

1. Of persons: wild, excited, unruly, unmanageable. Obs. in Eng. Sc. 1714  Vindication Ch. Scot. from W. Dugud 54:
Mr Dugud seemed rammage and forward.
Sc. 1749  Letter in Atholl MSS.:
He had been in several partes of Holland, and had seen so many fine things he was quite Ramage.

2. Frenzied, crazed with drink; sexually excited, voluptuous. Gall. 1824  MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 406:
When a man is rammaged, that is raised, craz'd, or damaged with drink, we say that man looks ree.
Sc. 1913  H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ i. xxiv. 42:
Thar sal the rammage an' the haluckit be plopp'd i' brennin' pick an' smushy brunstane.

3. Of the ground: rough, broken, uneven; or phs. scrubby, covered with brushwood. Abd. 1739  Caled. Mag. (1788) 500:
And o'er a knabliech stane, He rumbled down a rammage glyde.

[O.Sc. rammage, c.1460, Mid.Eng. ramage, of animals, orig. hawks: wild, unruly, untamed. Obs. in Eng. O.Fr. ramage, wild, unruly, flying from branch to branch, of a young hawk, from ramage, branches. But the word seems to have run somewhat together with Rammish, which has sim. meanings.]

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"Rammage adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2019 <>



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