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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Codrach(t, Codroch(e, n. and a. Also: coddroch, codro. [Of obscure origin. Cf. Codderar. In later dial. codroch rustic, slovenly, dirty.]

1. n. An idle person of a low class. 1482 Reg. Cupar A. I. 235.
Batchell is let to John Ȝoungar, John Portar, [etc.], … and none of them shall have a cottar or codracht, under pain of fine
(1588) Chron. Perth 58.
The slander … of young women … dwelling together as codrois
1621 Perth Kirk S. 300.
Adam Paterson complained upon certain coddrochs in Dionysius Conqueror, notar, his close
The Council and Session think it very expedient that, … the said coddrochs be removed
1636 Ann. Banff I. 75.
[Iohn Browne, etc.] who liwe idlie as codroches out of service in privat houses, haweing na laufull calling, traid, nor vocatioun
1639 Ib. 82.
Complaint … against the idle people and codroches within the toune without service and leivand unlegallie
1679 Ib. 159.
All codraches are ordered to remove from the burgh
1690 Ib. 165.
It is enacted … that all codraches within brugh be banished

2. adj. Belonging to the ‘codroch’ class. (1618) Chron. Perth 79.
An coddroch hussy keeped an house by herself
1627 Ann. Banff I. 57.
The idle, vagabond, and codroche people are to be warded till they find caution that they shall not return
1628 Ib. 58.
The haill idill pepill in codroche houses and in wther menis houses wnfied war decernit … to taik themselffes to serwice

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