Monday, October 11, 2010

The Word-Hoard: Burry


"Probably rough, boorish, according to Lord Hailes. It might bear this meaning as descriptive of the shaggy appearance of [a] dog...from French bourru, flockie, hairie, rugged, [and Old French] bourre, locks of wool. But it seems more naturally to convey the idea of cruelty...From French bourreau, an executioner." (John Jamieson's Etymological English Dictionary of the Scottish Language, 1808)

"Burrie, to push roughly; to crowd confusedly and violently; to overpower." (Alexander Warrack's Scots Dialect Dictionary, 1911)

"Shaggy; rough."
(Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1888)

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