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  • verb provincial, Northern England To complain; moan; weep, cry.

Etymologies

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From Northern Middle English ramen ("to cry out, scream"), from Old English *hrāmian, from Proto-Germanic *hraimōnan (“to scream”), *hraimaz (“a scream”), from Proto-Indo-European *kerei-, *skerei- (“to scream, screech”). Cognate with Old Norse hreimr ("a scream, cry"), and possibly to Old English hrēam ("a cry, outcry, tumult, noise").

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  • Botanical term for a tree branch. Also: ramus.

    June 24, 2015