Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
DEUK, DUKE, n. A duck. Also dy(e)uck, deuck, dewk, djeuk; dyook (Dmf. 1894 J. Shaw in Trans. Dmf. and Gall. Antiq. Soc. 146). Dim. dookie. Gen.Sc. For forms with initial j, see Juke, n.1 [djuk Sc., Ork. + døk, m.Sc. + djʌk; døk Bwk., Rxb.]
Sc. 1826 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 137:
Turkeys, and dyucks, and patricks, and wee birds. Ork. 1880 Dennison Sketch-Bk. 37:
An sometimes the speerits wad shak their heeds at aen anither, as gin dey been a flock o deucks. Mry. 1830 T. D. Lauder Moray Floods 189:
“And how did you feather yourself over?” inquired I. “Troth, Sir, I hae nae feathers,” replied Mrs Cameron very simply; “I'm no a dewk to soom.” Bnff. 1869 Bnffsh. Jnl. (5 Oct.) 3:
Hech, Wattie, man, wad ye stane the dookies? Abd. c.1835 J. B. Pratt J. Fleeman (1861) 20:
I've seen the geese and the dyeucks hunners o' times crossin' there. Mearns 1721 Baron Court Bk. of Urie (S.H.S. 1892) 118:
The killing of hares, doves . . . moor foullis, duke, draick and others therin specifeit are expressly prohibited. Gall. 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 446:
K — n's shot hut the Provost richt atween the een, an dung him ower, as daze't as a djeuk in a thunnerstorm.
Phr. and Combs.: 1. deuk('s)-dub, duke-, a duck-pond (Fif.10 1940; Kcb., Dmf. 1950 (per Fif.17)); 2. deuk-fittit, splay-footed (Rnf. 1947 (per Abd.27); Ayr.9 1949; Kcb., Dmf. 1950 (per Fif.17)); 3. duck-foot, lady's mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris; 4. deuk's (duke's) meat, (1) the lesser duckweed, Lemna minor (Sc. 1689 St Germain Royal Physician 59, duke's-); also in Eng. dial.; (2) chickweed, Stellaria media (Ayr.9 1949); (3) mucus that gathers in the corners of the eyes (Id.); also in n.Ir. dial.; 5. to be i' the deuks'-faul, to be in a fix.
1. Sc. 1769 D. Herd Sc. Songs 322:
There lay a duck-dub before the door. Sc. 1821 Blackwood's Mag. (Oct.) 308:
I was up to the knees in that necessary receptacle of water, called a duke-dub. Fif. 1723 in D. Cook Ann. Pittenweem 135:
2 May: The street at the west end of the town commonly called the “Duke Dub,” to be filled up. Peb. 1847 R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes 182:
Deuk's dub afore the door — There fell I! 3. Bwk. 1845 G. Johnston Botany E. Borders 72:
From the shape of the leaves, the plant has been also called Duck-foot. 5. Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 222:
Y'ill see it y'ir i' the deuks'-faul wee nae sellin' yir sheep.
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