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First published 1960 (SND Vol. V). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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JUNDIE, n., v. Also jund(a)y; joundie, -y; junnie, -y, and junnice (Rnf. 1788 E. Picken Poems Gl.) [ < junnies], pl. used as sing.; erron. gundy (Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) v.). [′dʒʌn(d)ɪ]

I. n. 1. A push, e.g. with the elbow, a jolt to one side, a blow (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 288; Dmf. 1825 Jam.; Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.; Gall., Uls. 1959); “a brisk ill-natured shove” (Curriehill). Also fig.Sc. 1736 Ramsay Proverbs (1776) 41:
If a man's gaun down the brae ilk ane gie's him a jundie.
Sc. 1799 Scots Mag. (July) 471:
Tho' on your back ye should them bear, An' setting down gi' them a junday.
Rxb. 1815 J. Ruickbie Poems 96:
A staff supports his tott'rin frame, A wee bit jundie mars his aim.
wm.Sc. 1837 Laird of Logan 134:
Spinning heads ower heels frae top to boddum, getting a dunch here, a clour there, and a jundie every where.
Ags. 1872 J. Kennedy Jock Craufurt 107:
Sae that the sma'est jundie on't, 'Ill gar't come slippin' aff the tap.
Edb. 1916 T. W. Paterson Wyse-Sayin's iv. 16:
An' they canna gang to sleep at nichts, Unless they've gi'en somebody a jundie.
Dmf. 1925 Trans. Dmf. & Gall. Antiq. Soc. XIII. 30:
I gied the thing a jundy wi' my airm and it fell and broke. . . . I fell this morning and gied mysel' an awfu' jundy.
Abd. 1929 J. Alexander Mains & Hilly 79:
It's gey sair, onywye, an' gin aw gie't a vrang junny, it's aweers o' garrin' ma cry, “Alis!”
Tyr. 1929 M. Mulcaghey Ballymulcaghey 88:
If wan of them got a jundy aff the futwalk . . . he wud run roun' till the back of the crowd an' gleek out.

2. A trot, an even, steady pace. Phrs. on the jundie, on the spree; to jee or jow one's jundie, to bestir oneself, put oneself about, gen. in neg. sentences (Ags. 1959). See Jee, v., 2. and Jow, v.1, 2to pit onesel out o' jundie, to put oneself about (Per. 1964).Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) xvi.:
Sandy never jowed his jundie.
Per. 1894 I. Maclaren Bonnie Brier Bush 206:
He's aff on the jundy again.

3. By extension: anything very large or outsize. For similar development cf. Dad, Dunch, Dunt.Lnk. 1825 Jam.:
A jundie of a house, a jundie of a cart.

II. v. 1. To push, jog, jostle (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.; Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 254; ne.Sc. (junnie), Uls. 1959). Phr. to jundy on, to jog along.Abd. 1778 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 45:
Said Bess, . . . your fump'ring waken'd me, And I you joundy'd that ye might be free.
Ayr. 1786 Burns To W. Simpson xvi.:
The warly race may drudge an' drive, Hog-shouther, jundie, stretch an' strive.
Abd. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 32:
Sae junnied on frae day to day, Wi' ne'er a blink o' fortune's ray.
Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 98:
They pous'd, they jundy'd ane anither.
Ags. 1881 Arbroath Guide (30 July) 4:
Whaur jundie, jostle, rug, an' rive A jaupin' crowd.
Ayr. 1927 J. Carruthers Man Beset i. i.:
Laughed, flirted, jundied one another, tossed broad jests.
Tyr. 1931 Northern Whig (17 Dec.) 10:
A stirk saw the piggin and gave it a dunt, and jundied William James away from it.

2. Fig. To annoy, disturb, provoke to anger (Sc. 1911 S.D.D. Add.).Abd.7 1925:
When one is ruffled by some act or word of another he is said to have been “junniet”.

3. Of a vessel containing liquid, to rock from side to side (Slk. 1825 Jam.); to gush (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.).

[O.Sc. joundie, to jostle, jog, 1675. Orig. obscure, phs. mainly imit.]

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