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CASSIE, Cassy, Cassay, Cassey, Casey, Casy, Cassa, n.2 and v. Sc. forms of Eng. causeway. See also Calsay and Causey. [′kɑs, ′kɑsə, ′kɑ:zi]

1. n.

(1) A cobbled street or pavement. Gen.Sc. Sc. 1904  Heir of Linne in Ballads (ed. Child) No. 267 B iii.:
But if he had been his father's heir . . . He wadna stand on the cauld casey, Some an woud taen him in.
Gsw. 1713  Records Burgh Gsw. (ed. Marwick 1908) 500:
Repairing of Floick bridge and mending and helping the casseys thereof.
Slk. a.1835  Hogg Tales, etc. (1837) II. 338:
Up wi' her, an' gie her some good bumps on the cassa.

(2) “The paved portion about the door of a cottage or small farm-house” (Uls.2 1929, cassy); also 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn.; “the cobbled part of a byre or stable” (Bnff.2, Abd.2, Abd.9 1938).

(3) “A large stone, a paving stone” (Mry.1 1925; Abd.22 1938).

(4) Combs.: (a) casey-bool, “a round boulder formerly used in paving” (Ags.17 1938); see also Bool, n.1, 4; (b) casey croon, the middle of the street (Abd.2, Ags.1, Fif.10, Lnk.3 1938); (c) cassie-dunter, “a heavy implement used for levelling paving-stones” (Abd.16 1934; Lnk.3 1938); (d) casy stone, a cobble stone (Abd.19, Fif.10, Lnk.3, Kcb.10 1938). (b) Ags. [1867]  G. W. Donald Poems, etc. (1879) 40:
We aye hae held the casey croon.
(d) Sc. 1712  Letters from Prof. Blackwell in Spalding Club Misc. (1841) I. 220:
If there be a coachman in England that is a good whipman for stage journey, I intend to have him, for then I shal be free of the casy stones of London, and shal bring doun the bones and relicts of ane old friend to see if the Fairyhill air . . . will give any reviving.

2. v. To pave; to fit cobble-stones together (Bnff.2, Abd.2, Fif.10, Lnk.3 1938). Gsw. 1717  Records Burgh Gsw. (ed. Marwick 1908) 612:
It is necessary that the same [bridge] be cassayed.
Lnk. 1712  Minutes J.P.s Lnk. (S.H.S. 1931) 133:
Part of the highway . . . will be very expensive in its mending and reparation, and must be cassied for seven score paces of measures.

[O.Sc. has forms cassay, cassey, cassa, cassie, cassy, a causeway, pavement, and cassay, cassa, to pave (D.O.S.T.). For etym. see Calsay.]

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