Show Search Results Show Browse

Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

CHATE, CHAIT, CHAET, v. and n. Sc. (mainly ne.Sc.) forms of St.Eng. cheat. For similar vowel change, cf. Bate, v.1, Bate, n. and Chape. For Sc. usages, see Cheat. [tʃet]

1. v. To cheat (Bnff.2 1939; Abd.(D) 1916 G. Abel Wylins fae my Wallet 133, chait; 1929 J. Alexander Mains and Hilly 105, chaet; Abd.2, Fif.1, Slg.3 (chate) 1939).

Hence chate-my-guts (Ags.16 1939), chait-me-guts-the-belly, n.phrs., “a puffed-up pastry biscuit” (Bnff.2 1939; Abd.4 1928; Fif.10 1939); a light cake, e.g. of puff pastry (Bnff. 2000s).Ags. 1968 William Allen Illsley ed. The Third Statistical Account of Scotland: The county of Angus (1977) 377:
For afternoon tea 'fat aboot a sair-headie' (sponge cake with paper round it), or a 'chait-me-guts' (flaky pastry)?

2. n. A cheat, fraud (Bnff.(D) 1927 E. S. Rae Hansel fae Hame 50, chate; Kcb.1 1939).

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

"Chate v., n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jul 2024 <>



Hide Advanced Search

Browse SND: