plouter

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Probably from plout +‎ -er.

Verb[edit]

plouter (third-person singular simple present plouters, present participle ploutering, simple past and past participle ploutered)

  1. (Scotland, Ireland, Northern England, dialect) To splash around in something wet; to dabble.
    • 1847, Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights:
      Miss's pony has trodden dahn two rigs uh corn, un plottered through, raight o'er intuh t'meadow.
  2. (Scotland, Ireland, Northern England, dialect) To potter.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
      He prefers plottering about the house.
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 21:
      So one night after they had all had supper in the kitchen and old Sinclair had gone pleitering out to the byres, old Mistress Sinclair had up and nodded to Kirsty […].
    • 1986, Michael Innes, Appleby & Ospreys:
      There's certainly a small boat that people plouter about in.