Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BELLY, BILLY, BULLY, v.2 and n.
1. v. To bellow, cry, weep loudly. [′bɛl, ′bɪl, ′bʌl]
Cai. 1907 D. B. Nicolson in County of Cai. 65:
Belly. To weep with a loud noise. Mry.2 1933:
Belly. To bellow, cry, esp. of children.
Kcb. 1789 D. Davidson Seasons 49:
Ilk cuddoch [young cow] billying o'er the green Against auld crummy ran. Kcb. 1894 S. R. Crockett Raiders xlvi.:
Frae far an' near they come to hear Rob Gomerel tell aboot the Broonie that billied at him.
Bnff.9 c.1927; Abd.13 1914; Ags.1 1934:
When a child is crying loudly, they say “Fat are ye bullyin' at?”
Bch. 1928 (per Abd.15):
He's a bullyan breet, aye yowlin at the loon.
2. n. A bellow.
The coo gid a bully.
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