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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dowf dowf (Scot.) dull, heavy, spiritless
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Ice. daufr, deaf.


In literature:

DOWF, dowff, dull, spiritless.
"Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
I'm dowf and blunkit, why, deuce only kens!
"Krindlesyke" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

In poetry:

Saw her Will, wha ance sae cheerie
Raise ilk morning wi' the lark,
Now grown mauchless, dowf and sweer aye
To look near his farm or wark;
"Scotland's Scaith, Or, The History O' Will And Jean. Owre True A Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill