Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
FITE, adj., n. Also fyte. n.Sc. forms of white. See P.L.D. § 134. Combs.: 1. fite-breid, -breed, white or loaf bread, wheaten bread, as opposed to oat or barley cakes (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 47; ne.Sc. 1951); †2. fite-hair, “the large tendon of the neck of cattle or sheep” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor Ib.). Cf. fair-hair, s.v. Fair, adj., III. 15.; 3. fite-iron, tin-plate (Ib.; ne.Sc. 1951): see White, adj. In combs. (1) fite-iron gentry, social upstarts; those who make a pretence of gentility (Abd.9 1942); (2) fite-iron wife, a female tinker (ne.Sc. 1951); ‡4. fite-moo'ed, mealy-mouthed, plausible; 5. fite-puddin, a pudding or sausage stuffed with oatmeal, suet, onions and pepper (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 47, ne.Sc. 1951); 6. fite-siller, silver money, as opposed to coppers (Bnff. 1866 Gregor Ib.), hence money in considerable amount (Abd.27 1951).
1. Abd. 1867 Mrs Allardyce Goodwife xi.:
'T's a sair maiter that we're oot O' biskit an' fite breed. Bnff. 1918 J. Mitchell Bydand 5:
The fite breed — weel, it's dirty fite. 3. (1) Mry. 1897 J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sk. xvi.:
Na, na; she jeist mortally hatit fite-iron gentry. (2) Abd. 1928 Word-Lore III. vi. 148:
Meggie crawlt back faur she wis, vringin' the tail o' 'er wincey kwite, an' scaulin' like a fite-iron wife! 4. Abd.15 1928:
He's a sleekit, fite-moo'ed vratch. 6. ne.Sc. 1884 D. Grant Lays 13:
'Twis said she micht 'a got a croon O' gweed fyte siller for it. Abd. 1923 Banffshire Jnl. (30 Jan.):
A sleekit coo brocht in the fite siller.
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