from The Century Dictionary.

  • Turbid; full of grounds, dregs, or sediment; dreggy; muddy; holding foreign matter in mechanical solution.
  • Troubled; gloomy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Scot. & Obs. or Prov. Eng. Turbid; muddy.

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  • adjective obsolete, dialect, UK, Scotland turbid; muddy


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Compare droumy.


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  • You have to plunge waist deep, or deeper, into roaring torrents, and if the water be at all "drumly" you have not an idea where your next step may fall.

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang 1878

  • There was a gusty wind sweeping drumly clouds athwart the sky -- faintly illuminated by the dying moon; now a few stars appeared momentarily, then a swathe of darkness enveloped all.

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease

  • It was a drumly outlook for one whose chief equipment was honesty of purpose, with, I am afraid, little of the arts of human diplomacy.

    The Black Colonel James Milne 1908

  • To drink of drumly German wells, and make a weary road

    My Bath 1895

  • And spare to taint your skin with swathes of drumly German mud:

    My Bath 1895

  • But the weather was "dour," and the water "drumly," and every day the lumbermen sent a "drive" of ten thousand spruce logs rushing down the flooded stream.

    Fisherman's Luck and Some Other Uncertain Things Henry Van Dyke 1892

  • At the little stone bridge they stopped, and leaning over the parapet watched the drumly water rushing below; and there Jean reiterated her promise to be Gavin's wife as soon as he was able to make a home for her.

    Winter Evening Tales Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr 1875

  • But her ready answer was, β€œNa, na, he's no just deep, but he's drumly [52]”

    Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character Ramsay, Edward B 1874

  • The green meadows were not inviting, the grass was dripping, the flowers closed and heavy, the river red and drumly.

    Girlhood and Womanhood The Story of some Fortunes and Misfortunes Sarah Tytler 1870

  • I had spent a brief period of my early childhood in Fayetteville, and although so many years had passed since then, the recollection of some of its streets and buildings, the old market house standing in the middle of the main street, the old water mill on the creek hard by with its cease-less "drumly-drum" seemed more vivid as I neared the old town, after a lapse of so many years.

    " Eagle Clippings " by Jack Thorne, Newspaper Correspondent and Story Teller, A Collection of His Writings to Various Newspapers 1863


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  • Turbid, clouded, troubled.

    July 31, 2008

  • I note with alarm and yet humbly

    It's perverse the way we say Cholmondeley.

    If there's no way of telling

    The sound from the spelling

    Then English is hopelessly drumly.

    See sionnach's amusing verses on this theme in comments at cholmondeley.

    July 31, 2015