from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hobgoblin; the devil.
- n. Any frightful object; an ugly, awkward-looking person; a fright; a bugbear; a scarecrow.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
'I fell out with a loon there, one of those Janissaries that gang hectoring aboot as though the world were not gude enough for them, and if I hadna made the best of my way out of the toon, my pow wad be a worricow on the wa's of the tower.'
'My leddy never bade ye run off mair like a wild worricow than a general officer's daughter, Miss Mysie.