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RIME, n., v.1 Also rhyme, rim. [rəim]

I. n. 1. Hoar-frost (Peb. 1802 C. Findlater Agric. Peb. 6; Mry.1 1925; Dmf. 1925 Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. XIII. 36; Cai.3 1931). Gen.Sc. Also in Eng. dial. Also attrib. in comb. rim-frost, id. (Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis) and fig. Deriv. rimie, rimey, frosty. Gen.Sc. Rxb. 1808 A. Scott Poems 95:
Nae rime this year amang the corn Did mar the kindly reapin morn.
Per. 1895 R. Ford Tayside Songs 151:
I'm wearin' away,' bairns; e'en's ye may see; There's a rime on my broo, an' a haze on my e'e.
Sc. 1928 J. G. Horne Lan'wart Loon 17:
Sin rimey mornin' dinkt the green.
Ags. 1932 A. Gray Arrows 53:
In Winter, snaw and rime!
Fif. 1961 People's Jnl. (7 Jan.):
Mornin's white wi' rime.

2. A frosty haze or mist (Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis; Ork. 1922 J. Firth Reminisc. 154; I.Sc., Ags. 1968). Also in Eng. dial. Ags. 1896 Barrie Sentimental Tommy xxx.:
This rime is fine for hodding in.

II. v. To cover with hoar-frost, used fig. in quot. Rare and poet. in Eng. Slk. c.1820 Hogg Poems (1874) 376:
Time has shed His riming honours o'er each brow.

[O.Sc. rym, frosty mist, 1513, O.E. hrīm, frost.]

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"Rime n., v.1". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 28 Nov 2021 <>



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