Show Search Results Show Browse

Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations & symbols Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).

HURCHEON, n. Also †hurtcheon, hurchin (Bwk., Dmf., Rxb. 1942); hurchint (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); hutchon (Dmb. 1874 in D. Macleod Poets and Poetry of the Lennox 147); erchin (Fif. 1825 Jam., Fif.10 1943). [Sc. ′hʌrtʃən(t); Abd., Fif. ′ɛrtʃm]

1. A hedgehog (Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 249; m.Sc. 1957). Also in n.Eng. dial.Ayr. 1790 Burns Elegy Capt. Henderson i.:
The meikle Devil wi' a woodie Haurl thee hame to his black smiddie O'er hurcheon hides.
Peb. 1805 J. Nicol Poems II. 91:
But, train'd to labour, look'd right fat on A hurchin, weasel, mouse, or ratton.
Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality vii.:
To lie up here amang the blankets like a hurcheon.
Abd. 1868 W. Shelley Wayside Flowers 56:
The erchins whiddit hyne awa', The hairy-oubits hid frae view.
Ags. 1897 A. Reid Bards of Ags. 134:
His hair rose like a hurchin's back.
Dmf. 1920 D. J. Bell-Irving Tally-Ho 109:
I wad clap the dogs on the crater, and worry him like a hurchin!

2. Fig. An unkempt, slovenly, uncouth person. Also attrib. Occas. applied to a mischievous child.Sc. 1733 Orpheus Caledonius I. 55:
Sick'na silly Hurtcheon shall ne'er skelp my Doup.
Sc. 1795 Burns Letters (Ferguson) No. 670:
The little one is the most striking likeness of an ill-deedie, damn'd, wee, rumble-gairie hurchin of mine.
Rnf. 1807 R. Tannahill Poems (1876) 34:
I think, thro life I'll mak a canny fen Wi hurcheon Nancy o the Hazel-glen.
Kcb. 1894 Crockett L. Sunbonnet vi.:
It was auld Sim o' Glower-ower-'em, the wizened auld hurcheon.

[O.Sc. hurcheoun, a hedgehog, from c.1500; N.Mid.Eng. hurchon, c.1425; O.North.Fr. herichon. The form without h has always been the prevalent form in Eng.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Hurcheon n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 May 2022 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/hurcheon>

15147

snd

Hide Advanced Search

Browse SND:

    Loading...

Share: