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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V).
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HOTTLE, v., n.2

I. v. To toddle, hobble along. Used in quot. with a pun on Hottle, n.1 (see 1824 quot. s.v.).Sc. 1824 Scott St Ronan's W. i.:
Lucky Dods can hottle on as lang as the best of them.

II. n. 1. Anything with an unstable base; a child learning to walk who is still unsteady on his feet (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 276). Cf. Hoddle, v., n.1

2. The bubbling sound and motion of anything boiling.Rnf. 1877 J. M. Neilson Poems 109:
The hottle o' stiff parritch, pechin' an' dune, Sayin', “Parkheid-fuff-Parkheid,” beats a' sirs.

[An alternative freq. form of Hotter, q.v.]

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