Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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BODACH, BODDACH, n. [′bodəx, ′bɔdəx]
1. “An old man” (Sc. 1887 Jam.6; Cai.8 1934). Often used in a more or less contemptuous way.Sc. 1924 P. MacGillivray in Scots Mag. (July) 241:
Twa bodachs, I mind, had a threep yae day, Aboot man's chief end.Abd. 1996 Sheena Blackhall Wittgenstein's Web 3:
... an kent them as friens an neebors throw blin-drift, birsslin het an the on-ding o drookin thunnerplowts, frae bairn tae halflin, tae bodach an back again. em.Sc. 1988 James Robertson in Joy Hendry Chapman 52 70:
There wis three auld men aince, three doitit auld fules that had aiblins mair sense nor ye'd think, an aiblins nane ava, three bodachs as a teuchter micht cry them, that set doun their dowps on a bink that owreluikit the Frith o Forth. Fif. 1992 Simon Taylor Mortimer's Deep 392:
"Ye're no wantin tae gan in tae see the bodach the noo, are ye?" he asked. w.Lth. 2000 Davie Kerr A Puckle Poems 31:
Then up sprang an old bodach, (who'd been dying almost daily).
"Come in", he beamed a welcome, "and we'll haff an early Ceilidh".wm.Sc. 1983 Christine Marion Fraser Children of Rhanna (1989) 39:
He struggled out of his chair and Maggie rushed to hold him upright. 'You auld bodach,' she giggled. Arg. 1882 Argyllsh. Herald (3 June):
It didna dae the boddach nae guid.
2. A person of small stature.Sc. 1934 A. Fraser Herd of the Hills 247:
He told of how Alicky Mag, the daft wee bodach that he was, had been taken away at last.n.Sc. 1898 E.D.D.; Bnff.2 1935:
The new doctor's jist a wee bit bodach. dim. bodachan.Sc. 1916 M. and J. Findlater Seen and Heard I. 42:
A braw bodachan ye'll mak' o' the bairn.
3. “Used by Scott and others in the sense of a spectre, bugaboo” (Sc. 1887 Jam.6).Sc. 1827 Scott Highland Widow i.:
Oh! then the mystery is out. There is a bogle or a brownie, a witch or a gyre-carlin, a bodach or a fairy, in the case?n.Sc. 1898 E.D.D.:
In ye binna quayet, the bodach ill cum doon the lum an' tak ye.
4. “A familiar name for the devil” (Sc. 1887 Jam.6).
5. Fish names: (1) ‡bodach, “the small ringed seal, Phoca foetida” (n.Sc. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl.); (2) in comb. bodachruadh, “the red gurnard: also the red rock cod” (Arg. 1936 L. M'Innes Dial. S. Kintyre).
6. A male tinker (Ags. c.1890).Uls. 1987 Sam Hanna Bell Across the Narrow Sea 93:
'No, they weren't bodachs,' replied the boy. 'They were better clad, like fighting men.'
7. A local Moray Firth name for the cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo (Mry., Bnff., Abd. 1975), also in Gael. dim. form bodachan.[Gael. bodach, an old man, a churlish old man, a mutchkin. O.Sc. has boddoch, a mutchkin, early 17th cent. (D.O.S.T.).]
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