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drumly (comparative more drumly, superlative most drumly)

  1. (obsolete, dialect, Britain, Scotland) turbid; muddy
    • 1887, James Inglis, Our New Zealand Cousins Chapter 15
      Now we cross the Arrow, swift as its name portends; roaring and foaming deep down in its drumly channel.
    • 1853, Theodore Winthrop, The Canoe and the Saddle Chapter 3
      But salmon may escape the coquettish charms of the trolling-hook, may safely run the gauntlet of the parallel canoes and their howling, tamanous-cap wearers; the spear, misguided in the drumly gleam, may glance harmless from scale-armed shoulders: still other perils await them.
    • 1786, Robert Burns, "Highland Mary", Songs and Ballads
      Ye banks, and braes, and streams around
      The castle o’ Montgomery,
      Green be your woods, and fair your flowers,
      Your waters never drumlie!

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for drumly in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)