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  • There had come over all my spirit a kind of dwam, so that at times my head seemed as if it were stuffed with wool; what mattered was of no account, even if it were a tinker's death in the sheuch.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn Neil Munro

  • So the Prebendary went into the house in a kind of dwam, as the Scots put it, and had no notion of what the Dean had to say; and when he got back to the garden he found his gardener smoothing the plot with a long rake, and raking in a lot of dead ants with the mould.

    Dr Duthoit’s Vision 1921

  • There was a sigh of relief and Dad would be in a daydreamy dwam until the final bars of All I Have to Do is Dream repeated to fade.

    Family life 2012

  • Half listening, practicing his shorthand, or hieroglyphics as Don called it, Rob went off into another dwam.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen A. D. Scott 2010

  • From time to time, he'd slumped to the floor in a dwam, his mind rambling in the strangest of directions.

    The Distant Echo McDermid, Val 2003

  • Juist say I've taen a kind o 'a dwam, but that I'll likely be a' richt again in a day or twa.

    My Man Sandy J. B. Salmond

  • The fall lost me the last of my senses: I but heard some of the Stewarts curse me for an encumbrance as they stumbled over me and passed on, heedless of my fate, and saw, as in a dwam, one of them who had abraded his knees by his stumble over my body, turn round with a drawn knife that glinted in a shred of moonlight.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn Neil Munro

  • He couldn't do nowt to Doed so lang as he were maister o 'his senses, but if he was to get fair giddy an' drop off into a dwam, then, sure enif, Melsh Dick would have him i 'his power and could turn him intul a squirrel as he'd turned other lads an' lasses afore.

    More Tales of the Ridings Frederic William Moorman 1895

  • "If I get a dwam here," he toucht, "it's by wi 'Tam Dale."

    David Balfour, a sequel to Kidnapped. 1893

  • But he begood to dwam (sicken) in the end of the year, and soughed awa 'in the spring.

    Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush Ian Maclaren 1878


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  • Isn't this a great word? It means a trance-like state, but it wasn't defined as such, even in the Urban Dictionary. I've submitted a definition.

    April 1, 2007

  • He fell into a dwam in which he felt only the hard kerb under his backside and awoke suddenly with a hushing sound in his ears.

    - Alasdair Gray, Lanark, ch. 12

    January 19, 2009

  • This word is found in the 1816 The Antiquary (Waverly Novels) by Sir Walter Scott. See quote under unbrissed.

    January 28, 2010