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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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BAP, BAWP, n. [bɑp Sc. but m.Sc. + bǫp]

1. A small thick roll of bread of varying size and shape (often diamond-shaped) baked in the oven; a morning roll. Gen.Sc.Sc. 1724 Ramsay T.T.Misc. (1762) 84:
And there will be lapper'd milk kebbocks, And sowens, and farls, and baps.
Sc. 1929 F. M. McNeill Scots Kitchen 181:
Baps. (Traditional recipe) Flour, salt, lard, yeast, sugar, milk, water.
Sh.(D) 1922 J. Inkster Mansie's Röd 15:
Shü wappit twartree flooer baps apo da butt table wi' a hjimsness [quick impatient movement] 'at wis aneugh to gee a body da herskit.
Ags. 1879 T. Ormond in A. L. Fenton Forfar Poets 131:
Sonsy cheeks like hairvest baps . . . Has Muckle Kate o' Catterthun.
Fif. 1864 W. D. Latto Tammas Bodkin (1868) xxii.:
A bottle o' sma' ale an' a bawbee bap.
Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 228:
Bawp . . . thick cake of bread.
Wgt. 1804 R. Couper Poems II. 61:
He grew — the great Macguldroch grew, On butter'd baps and ale.
Rxb. c.1860 J. Younger Autobiography (1881) 33:
I'm wearyin' . . . to get a bottle o' ale and a bap wi' this last sixpence.
Uls. 1910 C. C. Russell People and Language of Ulster 24:
“A penny bun” becomes “a panny bun,” or more properly “a panny bap.”

Combs.: (1) bap-faced, having a round flat pasty face, like a bap, soft and stupid-looking (ne.Sc., Ags., Per., Ayr. 1975). Cf. Eng. dough-faced; (2) bap-fit, a flat foot, and ppl.adj. bap-fittit, flat-footed (Abd. 1880; ne.Sc. 1975). (1) Kcd. 1933 L. G. Gibbon Cloud Howe (1946) 38:
That's a lesson for you, you bap-faced bitch.
(2) Abd. 1948 Sunday Times (17 Oct.):
The term "bap-feet" is applied to one who being rather flat-footed, walks with a possessive gait.

Phr.: couldnae knock the stew (or flour) aff a bap, of someone who behaves ineffectually. Abd. 1993 Aberdeen Evening Express 2 Mar 7:
John Major's never lashed oot at naebody. He couldna knock the stew aff a bap.
Per. 1990 Betsy Whyte Red Rowans and Wild Honey (1991) 113:
'However, as God would have it, I soon found out that he was one o' they big soft craturs that couldnae knock the flour off a bap. Was I no' glad. ... '

2. A stupid person.Uls.2 1929:
Bap, sometimes applied as a term of contempt to a stupid person.

Comb.: bap-heid, A stupid person.Gsw. 1988 George MacDonald Fraser The Sheikh and the Dustbin (1989) 59:
"It wisnae a bomb, ye bap-heid! He wis kiddin' the wogs. There wis nothin' tae it."

[Etym. unknown. Occurs in O.Sc. 1572–1575 (D.O.S.T.).]

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