Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SCAFFIE, n. Also scaffy, scavvie. Curtailed dim. form of Eng. scavenger, a street-sweeper. Gen.Sc. Combs. scaffie-bucket, an ash-bucket (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.), scaffy cairt, a scavenger's cart. [′skɑfe] Ags. 1853 W. Blair Aberbrothock 19:
Hecklers, an' wabsters, an' baxters, an' scaffies, an' wives, an' bairns, dowgs an' cats.
Edb. 1876 J. Smith Archie and Bess 25:
Scaffies and leeries crackin' like pea-guns.
Slk. 1892 W. M. Adamson Betty Blether 74:
Tin cans intendit for the scaffy cairt.
Rxb. 1918 Kelso Chronicle (1 Nov.) 2:
She often is too late for the Scaffy Bucket.
Abd. 1931 J. Hall Holy Man 37:
Geordie, the road scavvy, was wearily trundling his little hand-cart up the steep slope of the village street.
Sh. 1949 J. Gray Lowrie 41:
Dere's da scaffy fur takkin awa ony coarn o' bruk an' ess.
Abd. 1967 Buchan Observer (7 Feb.) 2:
Not up in the morning early enough to catch the “scaffy cairt”.

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"Scaffie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Oct 2021 <>



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