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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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BLUITER, Bluitter, n.3, v.3 [′blytər m.Sc. but em. and wm.Sc. + blɪtər; ′bl(j)utər Bnff.]

1. n. “A senseless talker” (Edb., w.Lth. 1935 (per Edb.1); Ayr.4 1928, bluitter).wm.Sc. [1835] Laird of Logan (1868) App. 486; Kcb.9 1935:
Bluiter. A senseless talker, an outspoken, inconsiderate person, a cuif.
Arg. 1907 N. Munro Daft Days (1923) xiii.:
“Oh, to the devil wi' ye!” said Wanton Wully, sweating with vexation. “Of all the senseless bells! A big, boss bluiter! I canna compel nor coax ye!”
w.Dmf. 1925 W. A. Scott Vern. of Mid-Nithsdale in Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 18:
He's sic a bluiter o' a speaker I canna make him oot.

2. v., tr. and intr. “To talk foolishly” (Bnff.4 1912; Ayr.5 1928; Kcb.9 1935); to blurt (out).Lnk. 1858 G. Roy Generalship 154:
John here blutred out a volume of indignant astonishment.
Lnk. 1922 T. S. Cairncross Scot at Hame 54:
To bluiter like a bogle aneth a six-foot wa'.
Gsw. 1868 J. Young Poems 64:
To deave us wi' his bluitterin' guller.
Ayr. 1913 J. Service Memorables R. Cummell ii.:
Jamie . . . at last bluitered oot — “I — I — I was up the water, sir, fellin' a deid dowg!”

[Prob. this and the two foregoing words are all of the same origin.]

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