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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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FOITIE, n. A mouse (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., Sh.10 1952), in fishermen's tabu or jocular usage. Also foittack (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.), footik (Sh. 1899 J. Spence Folk-Lore 121), fittek, fo(i)tsek, fo(i)tlin, fo(i)tlek, etc. (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)). [′fɔɪ-, ′fø-, ′fɪ-]

[Variant dim. and deriv. forms, orig. from O.N. fótr (pl. fœtr), foot, sc. “the footed one” Cf. Foodin. Some forms are due to the influence of Sc. fit.]

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"Foitie n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 19 May 2024 <>



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