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  • n. The pearl oyster.
  • adj. ourie

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Chill; having the sensation of cold; drooping; shivering.
  • Bleak; melancholy.


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  • They believed them to proceed not from a fish, but from a shell, which is known by the Tamil name of (_oorie cooleeroo cradoo_, or) the "crying shell," a name in which the sound seems to have been adopted as an echo to the sense.

    Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon

  • The uifgem breakers low* arid hearfit Her love caJ* up, a lifelefk oorie:

    Sporting Magazine

  • The toomness o the visitors’ corridor offered Paolo nae bield fae the buildin’s oorie atmosphere; Gallery 1083 wis an eerie airt wi or wioot passengers.

    Archive 2004-09-01


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  • OED

    ourie, a. north. dial.; now only Sc.

    Forms: 4 ouri, 8–9 ourie, owrie, 9 oory.

    Origin obscure: cf. Icel. úrig wet, f. úr drizzling rain.

    Poor in appearance, shabby; dull, dingy; dreary, melancholy, languid.

       c 1325 Metr. Hom. 88 He changed son his ouri wed, And forth into the halle he yed.    1785 Burns A Winter Night iii, I thought me on the ourie cattle, Or silly sheep, wha bide this brattle O' winter war.    a 1810 Tannahill Lasses a' leuch Poems (1846) 145 Maggie was sitting fu' ourie an' blate.    1837 R. Nicoll Poems (1843) 82 The winter rain⁓drap owrie fa's.    1865 Mrs. Carlyle Lett. III. 261 That oory, dingy paint and paper.

    August 23, 2010