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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I).
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BETTLE, n. A stroke, a blow.Abd.(D) 1805 J. Skinner Christmas Ba'ing (Jam.):
A chiel came wi' a feugh, Box'd him on the a — e with a bald bettle, Till a' the hindlings leugh At him that day.

[The stanza from which these lines are taken does not occur in the Christmas Ba'ing in the 1809 ed. of Skinner's Poems. It is found in the version of the Ba'ing in the Caled. Mag. 1788, but brattle takes the place of bettle. Bettle is prob. derived from the v. beat, of which shortened forms occur in Bet(t), v.1, q.v., and Bittle, n.1]

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"Bettle n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 28 Nov 2023 <>



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