Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dull; flat; noting a defect of spirit or animation, and also of courage; melancholy; gloomy; inactive; lethargic; pithless; vapid; wanting force; frivolous.
- Dull; hollow: as, a dowf sound.
- From Icelandic daufur ("deaf, dull"), from Old Norse daufr ("deaf"), from Proto-Germanic *daubaz (“deaf”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰūbʰ-, *dʰūp- (“to smoke”). Cognate with Old English dēaf ("deaf"). Compare dove ("to slumber"). More at deaf. (Wiktionary)
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“Return sae dowf and wearie O! How noble that is, how natural, how unconsciously Greek!”
“The bridegroom might pass, in his manly prime and his scarlet coat, although a dowf gallant; but who would have thought that Nelly Carnegie in the white brocade which was her grandmother's the day that made her sib to Rothes -- Nelly Carnegie who flouted at love and lovers, and sported a free, light, brave heart, would have made so dowie a bride?”
“Return sae dowf and weary, O! Down by the burn, where scented birks ”
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