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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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BEGRUTTEN, Begritten, Begrat, Begreeten, ppl.adj. Tear-stained, lamenting (rare). [bə′grʌt(n), -′gritn, -′grɑt, -′grɪ̢tn]Sc. 1712 R. Wodrow Analecta (Maitland Club) (1842) II. 84:
When she came in, she found him lying before his bed, all begrutten.
Abd.(D) 1916 G. Abel Wylins fae my Wallet 125:
Fat need ava o' ither prayer Than that begrutten cheek?
m.Sc. 1988 William Neill Making Tracks 50:
I mind the sicht o the auld wife's face begrutten,
et Big Wull's daith an ma faither gane frae hame,
an me the bairn wha hud the deid man's name.
Ags. 1897 “F. Mackenzie” Sprays of Northern Pine iv.:

Even the witness was sair begrutten.
Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto Tammas Bodkin (1868) xxix.:
I was wae to see her lookin' sae bleered an' begrutten.
Edb. 1866 J. Smith Merry Bridal, etc. 83:
Her pale, pale face was sair begrat.
Edb. 2003:
She was aw begrutten an her cheeks were covered in mascara.
Ayr. 1821 Galt Ann. Parish iii.:
Kate and Effie, looking out from the door all begreeten.
Ayr. 2004:
The wean wis aw begrutten when she cam home fae school, sae ah knew sumdy must of upset her.
w.Dmf. 1917 J. L. Waugh Cute McCheyne iv.:
“Chair!” said the puir begrutten woman.
Rxb. 1820 A.M. Popular Superstitions of Teviotdale in Hawick Arch. Soc. (1912) 45:
Her child, which was crying bitterly and “a' begritten oure.”

[Be, pref., 2 + Grutten, s.v. Greet. O.Sc. begrete, to beweep, pa.p. begrett and begrouttin (D.O.S.T.).]

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