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[druhm-lee; Scot. droo m-lee] /ˈdrʌm li; Scot. ˈdrʊm li/
adjective, drumlier, drumliest. Scot.
troubled; gloomy.
Origin of drumly
1505-15; nasalized variant of Middle English drublie, droblie, Old English drōflīc, equivalent to drōf turbid, troubled (cognate with German trüb) + -līc -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The green meadows were not inviting, the grass was dripping, the flowers closed and heavy, the river red and drumly.

    Girlhood and Womanhood Sarah Tytler
  • For the boy came back to Tommy when he heard the drumly singing; it was as if he had suddenly seen his mother looking young again.

    Tommy and Grizel J.M. Barrie
  • Far west, into the drizzling night the river lamps stretched, showing the drumly water of the highway of the world.

    Erchie (AKA Hugh Foulis) Neil Munro
  • For her sake, as it seemed to him now, he had flung himself into the black waters of the drumly.

    Tommy and Grizel J.M. Barrie
  • They had fished the drumly many a time without it, and this was to be another such day as those of old.

    Tommy and Grizel J.M. Barrie
  • But on looking down I saw the Airey in his own channel—almost as drumly as the mire-burn—vulgarly called road—I was plashing up.

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