Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BEASTIE, n., dim. of beast. [′bisti]

1. Familiar and affectionate contraction of beast. (See quots.) Bnff. 1871 Bnffsh. Jnl. (26 Dec.) 7:
I wid raither gae [gie] a triffle mair for a hame-grown beastie.
Abd.(D) 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xv.:
Yon's a snippet horsie 't was i' the secont pair — yon young beastie.
Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 2:
Our beasties here will take their e'ening pluck.
Ayr. 1786 Burns To a Mouse i.:
Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim'rous beastie.
Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 57:
Beasties. An affectionate name for brute beasts; also one for vermin.

2. The salmon (a specialised application of the word by fishermen). Abd. 1932 J. Leatham Fisherfolk of the North-East 128:
I have not touched . . . on the regular sea-fishers' dislike to the salmon, which they call “the ill fish” and “the beastie.”

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