dowly

dowly

(ˈdaʊlɪ)
adj
dialect Northern English dull; low-spirited; dismal
[perhaps from Old English dol dull]
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I haven't heard flower used as a term of endearment since Charlie Williams, and one delightful and emotive word is dowly: a dull, gloomy or misty day.
The poem's narrator recalls how, "On a pay Friday neet, one reet dowly December," feeling down in the dumps, he went into the Blue Bell public house, where Bob Fletchor the landlord was "liboral an square" (generous and honest) and the landlady "leuked like a new-pull'd posie." (32) At once a "torrible fray" breaks out between a couple over money (this being payday) and the landlord, to calm things down, asks "Marshall, my frind here" to sing a song.
That luck tramps wiv us step for step, Frae dribblin' life's bran' new beginnins; Like his awn shadow haunts a chep, Till he's played through life's dowly innins.
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Northern phrases such as charver, dowly, chog, trabs and slutch are among 45,000 new official Scrabble words that were unveiled by HarperCollins yesterday.
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