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  • adj. unmanageable


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  • All right, then'the Minister's cat is a camstairy cat.

    Drums of Autumn

  • 'She's a some camstairy (unmanageable) wife, that grannie o' yours, 'said Mr. Lammie, when Robert returned the shilling with Mr.. Falconer's message,' but I reckon I maun pit it i 'my pooch, for she will hae her ain gait, an' I dinna want to strive wi 'her.

    Robert Falconer

  • My faither was on a strong mare, and I was on a bit powney; and amang the cattle there was a camstairy three-year-auld bull, that wad neither hup nor drive.

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume XXII

  • a pictur 'to see him stan'in wi' 's back to the door like a camstairy

    The Marquis of Lossie

  • "Ah!" he said again, with a reproving wag of the head, for he knew now what was coming, -- "idols are perverse, camstairy things at best, you know, and a bit out of date too.

    Pearl of Pearl Island


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  • adj., perverse, willful, or obstinate (Scots; possibly related to cam, 'crooked')

    July 9, 2008