Definition of oorie in English:

oorie

(also ourie, ourey, owrie)

adjective

Scottish, Northern
  • 1Dismal, gloomy; cheerless; miserable as a result of cold, illness, etc.

  • 2Scottish. Of a thing: uncanny, disquieting; = "eerie".

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Robert Burns (1759–1796), poet. Origin uncertain. Sc. National Dict s.v. ourie adj. suggests derivation ultimately from a variant of owl or owl; compare also Scots oor to huddle with cold, shiver, oorit cold, shivery.

Pronunciation

oorie

/ˈuːri/