clarty

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From clart +‎ -y.

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clarty (comparative clartier, superlative clartiest)

  1. (Britain, Northern England and Scotland dialect) Sticky and foul; dirty, filthy, muddy.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:unclean
    • [1846, James Orchard Halliwell, “CLART”, in A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the Fourteenth Century. [...] In Two Volumes, volume I (A–I), London: John Russell Smith, [], OCLC 1008510154, page 252, column 1:
      CLART. To spread, smear, or daub. A flake of snow, when it is large and sticks to the clothes, is called a clart. So we have clarts, mud; clarty, muddy, sticky. Clarty-paps, a dirty sloven of a wife.]

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clarty (comparative mair clarty, superlative maist clarty)

  1. dirty, messy, sticky, like honey.