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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.

BROCK, Broak, n.1 Also broke (Lnk. 1890 H. Muir Reminisc. 103), brook- (poss. a misprint), brok[brɔk, brɑk]

1. The badger, Meles taxus. Gen.Sc. Given in N.E.D. as chiefly dial.Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems 279:
The Miser hears him with a Gloom, Girns like a Brock and bites his Thumb.
Sc. 1896 A. Cheviot Proverbs 136:
He hasna sense enough to keep a brock oot o' the kail yaird.
Sc. 1995 David Purves Hert's Bluid 18:
Lintie an laiverok, whaup an houdie craw,
foumart an eimok, houlet, pickmaw,
mowdiewart an horniegollach, brok an tod anaw;
sum gait, thai'r littil sib til Inglish beiss ava.
Abd. 1998 Sheena Blackhall The Bonsai Grower 69:
Scalin alang the glen wis a lythesome linn o deer, a hale breenge o bawds, a fleerich o mappies, a kirn o creepie-crawlies an a hotterel o mowdies, tods, brocks an bantam chukkens.
Fif.10 1936:
Stinkin' like a brock.
Knr. 1925 “H. Haliburton” Horace in Homespun, etc. 227:
Wi' ilka beast that near it bides, The bee that bums, the brock that hides.
Ayr. 1786 Burns Twa Dogs xii.:
They gang as saucy by poor folk, As I wad by a stinkan brock.
Kcb. 1895 S. R. Crockett Men of the Moss-Hags xxxii.:
I steek baith the inner and the outer doors to keep awa' the waff o' the brock.

Combs: (1) brock-faced, broakie-, having a face streaked like a badger (Cai.7 1936, broakie-; ne.Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); (2) brock-holes, “badger dens” (Ayr.4 1928; Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 93).(1) Sc. 1791 The Bee (24 Aug.) 261:
The black-faced and brook-faced breeds, so frequent in the southern districts of Scotland.
Sc. 1934 A. Fraser Herd of the Hills x.:
It was the head of a distinguished and sweet ewe-lamb that followed a brock-faced ewe with the tip off one horn.

2. An opprobrious epithet applied to a person. Gen.Sc.m.Sc. 1927 J. Buchan Witch Wood xvi.:
For the Lord's sake, Mr David, get her down to the Kirk Aller tolbooth, for the Shirra is kinder than yon red brock o' a pricker.
Arg. 1901 N. Munro Doom Castle xxiv.:
Ye dull-witted Lowland brock! . . . have I no' the use of my own eyes?
Slk. 1818 Hogg Brownie of Bodsbeck II. ii.:
Vile brock! gin I war hame at him I'll dad his head to the wa'.
Uls. 1901 J. W. Byers Ulster Sayings and Folk-Lore, Lecture 1, in North. Whig:
A “brock” in the North of Ireland is also applied to a dirty, malodorous person, and so comes to denote a “skunk” — that is, one given to dirty tricks.

[O.Sc. brok, brock, broke, a badger; O.E. broc, Gael. broc, id. (D.O.S.T.).]

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