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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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GRITTEEN, n. Also grittin. A peal of thunder (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 100, 1908 Jak. (1928) Sh. 1975), freq. in pl. = thunder (Sh. 1975). In sea-taboo usage. [Jak. suggests a reduced form of *grylting. Norw. dial. grylta, to grunt, rumble.]

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"Gritteen n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 8 Feb 2023 <>



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