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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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CRAPPIN, Crapine, Crapen, Crawpin', Craping, Crapin, Croppin, n. The crop of a fowl, hence extended to other creatures, and jocularly to man, to mean breast, throat, stomach (Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 145; Kcb.10 1940; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., crappin; Uls. 1880 W. H. Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn., crapen). Cf. Crap, n.1, 2.Sc. 1822 A. Cunningham Tales II. 248:
As strong an importation [of liquor] as ever cheered the throat, and cheeped in the crapin.
Ayr. 1818 J. Kennedy Poetical Works 98:
Mooly cheese, To gi'e their yawping crapings ease.
Ayr. 1879 R. Adamson Lays 159:
An' wha wad refuse a bit millin' tae gi'e A cravin' wee crawpin' frae hunger tae free?
Kcb. 1814 W. Nicholson Poems (1878) 86:
Disclose the beauties o' her [peahen's] crappin'.
Rxb. 1847 J. Halliday Rustic Bard 283:
Wee Andrew, when herding the cows, Finds love in his croppin sae bizzie.
Slk. 1822 Hogg Perils of Man II. 190:
The road was gayan lang and Jock's crappin began to craw.

Phrases: †1. to craw in one's crapine, used fig. = to stick in one's throat; cf. Crap, n.1, 4 (7); †2. to stap someone's crappin', to fill one's crop, used fig. = to cause (a person) to hold his tongue.1. Sc. 1737 Ramsay Proverbs 34:
I ne'er loo'd Meat that craw'd in my Crapine.
Sc. 1819 J. Rennie St Patrick I. v.:
And what craws in his crappin sairest ava is, that afore this bruilzie they glawm'd at a'thing about the place like as mony corbies.
2. Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff 85:
That'll stap their crappin' for a wee.

[From Crap, n.1, with derivative suff. -in(g).]

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"Crappin n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jun 2024 <>



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