Show Search Results Show Browse

Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

GEESE, n. Sh., Cai. and ne.Sc. form of Eng. goose. See P.L.D. §§ 128, 157. For other forms, see Guse. [gi:s]

1. A goose (Cai. 1900 E.D.D.; Sh. (n. and w.), Cai., ne.Sc. 1954). Also used fig. for a silly person.Abd. 1879 G. Macdonald Sir Gibbie xxix.:
I was a muckle geese, missie; but eh! I'm glaid I hae gotten ye.

2. A tailor's iron (Cai.7, Abd.27 1954).Abd. 1909 J. T. Jeannie Jaffray iv.:
Wi' my geese, thummel, an' needle, I micht jink them for a wee, but you that's bun' maun obey.

3. A large curling-stone (ne.Sc. 1911 S.D.D.), from the shape.

4. Combs.: (1) geese grass, a species of brome grass, Bromus mollis (Mry. 1839 G. Gordon Flora of Mry. 5); ‡(2) geese-neb, a cruisie (see Cruisie, n., 1.) (Cai.7 1954).

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

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



Hide Advanced Search

Browse SND: