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STOOKIE, n., adj. Also stooka, -ey, stoukie, stucky; stooga (ne.Sc.). Sc. forms and usages of Eng. stucco. See P.L.D. § 40. [′stuki, -kə; ne.Sc. + ′stugə]

I. n. 1. As in Eng., plaster of Paris, the plaster used to encase a broken limb. Gen.Sc.; pipeclay (Lnk., Gall. 1971); transf. a nickname for a plasterer (Per. 1971). Freq. attrib. as in stookie eemage, -man(nie), mumie, a plaster statue(tte) (Mry., Bnff. 1921 T.S.D.C.), an effigy; a scarecrow (Fif. 1950). Edb. 1796 Edb. Mag. (May) 385:
The carved wood an' polish'd stoukie.
Fif. 1865 St Andrews Gazette (1 April):
I am no tae stand like some simpeltin or stookie-mumie.
m.Lth. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick 27:
There he stüde, like a muckle stucky eemage.
Bnff.6 1930:
The wife bocht a stooga mannie this foreneen fae a foreign-lookin bodie.
Lnk. 1948 Proc. Sc. Anthrop. & Folklore Soc. III. iii. 83:
When the doorstep had been washed, the careful housewife would draw designs and patterns with white “stookie.”
Edb. 1968, letter from child in hospital:
My stooky halfed in two and I had to go back into hospital.

2. A plaster statue, a stucco figure; an Aunt Sally at a fair (Fif. 1971). Freq. in phr. to stand like a stookie, to stand in a helpless, bemused manner as if incapable of stirring oneself. Gen.Sc. Ags. 1893 Arbroath Guide (30 Dec.):
I was sittin' mumpin' there, like a stucco.
Lnk. 1895 W. C. Fraser Whaups xv.:
Jamie sat like a stookey wi' a face as red as a partan's tae.
e.Lth. 1896 J. Lumsden Battles 142:
Nor less renown'd for living folk than for stookies o' the deid.
Dmf. 1917 J. L. Waugh Cute McCheyne 137:
I juist stood like a stookie, thowless an' donnert.
Abd. 1923 Swatches o' Hamespun 70:
Rob steed like a stooka for a meenit.
wm.Sc. 1948 Abd. Press & Jnl. (27 May):
The civic representatives all standing like “stookies” as they had not got the words of the Psalm they were singing.
Edb. 1969:
Soople? He's as soople as a stookie!

3. Hence a slow-witted dull or shy person, a blockhead, a “stick” (n. and m.Sc., Rxb. 1971). Ayr. 1890 J. Service Notandums 3:
Do you think 1 could lie still and hearken to the muckle stookies bletherin?
e.Lth. 1903 J. Lumsden Toorle 193:
Because, ye stupid stookie, I step aside for none!

4. In pl.: a children's game in which the players have to stand (or lie) absolutely motionless and impassive despite the efforts of the other players to make them react by pulling or teasing them (Edb. 1960; Ayr. 1969 I. & P. Opie Children's Games 246; em., wm.Sc., Dmf. 1971). Ags.19 1948:
Stookies. A game in which “hit” seized the right hand of each player and swung him round. Each had to stand stock-still exactly as he landed. The one who did so longest and looked funniest became “hit.”

II. adj. Standing stock still, stiff, motionless; bashful, awkward (Slk. 1910 Scotsman (26 May)). Gsw. 1958 C. Hanley Dancing in the Streets 29:
The lantern nights were something of a return to the primitive — stooky pictures, I mean to say . . . . As well as being stooky (still), the characters in “The Wrong Door” wore the proletarian uniform of a generation earlier.

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"Stookie n., adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 4 Mar 2021 <>



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