- (archaic, Scotland) unmanageable
1908, John Oxenham, Pearl of Pearl Island:
- "Here have I been imputing grace to you for your kindly attentions to a poor old woman whose race is nearly run, and setting you up above the rest of them therefor, and lo, my idol
" "Ah!" he said again, with a reproving wag of the head, for he knew now what was coming,--"idols are perverse, camstairy things at best, you know, and a bit out of date too.
1884, various, Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, XXII:
- My faither was on a strong mare, and I was on a bit powney; and amang the cattle there was a camstairy three-year-auld bull, that wad neither hup nor drive.