Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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APRIN, AWPRON, A(a)pron, Aupron, Ahpron, n. Sc. (esp. ne.Sc.) forms of apron. [′ɑ:prən, ′ɑprɪn]
1. In ordinary sense.ne.Sc. 1881 W. Gregor Folk-Lore N.E. Scot. 156:
A blacksmith would on almost no consideration work on Christmas — in common language, “file his ahpron.”Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 122:
There's the masons, wi' cockit hatties an' auprons.Bnff. 1922 The Uninspired Peat, Banffsh. Jnl. (Feb. 21) 6:
But I'll jist dicht them on my ahpron.Abd.(D) 1915 H. Beaton At the Back o' Benachie 31:
I hae fesen a puckle duds in ma aapron.
2. (See quot.)Bnff. 1866 Gregor D.Bnff. 8:
Aprin, the abdomen of the Brachyourus crabs.
3. Combs.: (1) apronman, as in Eng. one who wears an apron at work, an artisan; specif. in Inverkeithing a member of a friendly society of the local trades, masons, joiners, blacksmiths, etc. (the Apron Society); (2) awpron strings, âpron-strings; (3) apron-washing. See Wash, v., 1. (1)Fif. 1831-2 Fife Herald (30 June, 5 July):
The Friendly Society of Apronmen at this place [Inverkeithing] held their annual meeting on the 21st. . . . The Apron Society here held their annual meeting on the 29th ultimo.(2)Abd. 1862 G. Macdonald D. Elginbrod I. vi.:
To set them the example o' hingin' at a quean's âpron-strings.Abd.(D) 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xlix.:
Sin he leeft's mither's awpron strings.
4. In plumbing: a strip of lead folded over the edge of a gutter, etc. to conduct rain water into it, a lead-flashing (Sc. 1889 Cent. Dict. 2255). Gen.Sc. Sc. 1842 J. C. Loudon Encycl. Farm 468:
The joinings of the slates with the walls are to be covered with aprons (or flashings) of 6-pound lead, at least 12 inches broad.Sc. 1876 W. P. Buchan Plumbing 25:
To prevent the rain getting down the back of the gutter, a long narrow strip of lead, called the "apron", is put along the front of the chimney so as to overlap the back of the gutter.
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