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HUDDERIE, adj. Also hudd(e)ry, huddrie; hutherie, -y (em.Sc.); hawthery, howderie (Lnk.), and reduplic. forms hudd(e)rie-dudd(e)rie, huthery-tuthery, hodderie dodderie, and with alternative ending huddroch (Wgt. 1957).

1. Slovenly, dirty, untidy, tawdry, in appearance or habits (w.Sc. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry Gl.; Bwk., Rxb. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 109, hutherie; Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl., hawthery, huthery; Ayr.4 1928; Kcb.2 c.1930; Fif., Bwk., Rnf., Lnk., Dmf. 1957). Comb. hodderie dodderie da, a slovenly slut (Clc. 1936). See Daw, n.2 and Hudderon. Gsw. 1879 A. G. Murdoch Rhymes 29:
Twa worthies frae the auld Gusedibs, . . . Forsook their huddrie-duddrie cribs.
Fif. 1882 J. Simson Reminisc. 11:
A country lass of a huthery-tuthery make-up.
Dmf. 1925 Trans. Dmf. & Gall. Antiq. Soc. 30:
A hudderie-dudderie lot about Glen-Scobin.
Abd. 1928 N. Shepherd Quarry Wood iii.:
She liked the fuss and the pack in her two-roomed stone-floored cottage. The stress of numbers excused her huddery ways.

2. Rough, shaggy, unkempt, dishevelled, gen. of hair (ne. and m.Sc. 1957). Comb. hudderie-heidit (ne.Sc. 1957). Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xv.:
When he took off his bonnet his head was seen to be “huddry”; that is, noticeably “huddry” for such a civilised place as the inside of a school.
ne.Sc. 1884 D. Grant Lays 84:
Smooth yer huddery head a kennin'.
Abd. 1955 Buchan Observer (18 Oct.):
Yon bricht huddry buss that wis eence yer hair Is grizzlet noo.

[From Hudder.]

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