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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI).
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OUK, n. Also oo(c)k, ouck, owk(e), uk(e); wook. Sc. forms of Eng. week (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl.; Sh., ne.Sc. 1964, obsol.). [uk]Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 19:
Last Ouk I dream'd my Tupe that bears the Bell, And paths the Snaw, out o'er a high Craig fell.
Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 163:
Whisky plooks that brunt for wooks.
Ayr. 1787 Burns Letters (Ferguson) No. 102:
Twa or three wooks ridin at fifty mile a day.
Ags. 1819 A. Balfour Campbell I. xviii.:
[They] . . . wad hae scriftit aff a psalm or a paraphrase ilka Sunday night, an' had some kind o' havins thro' the owk.
Gsw. 1863 J. Young Ingle Nook 13:
He'd gi'en me sic a fricht, 'Twad tak an ouk to mak me richt.
Sh. 1877 G. Stewart Tales 27:
It's easier for da minister tae ca' his flock inta da crüe ance i' da ouk den rin efter dem here an' dere trow da ouk-days.
Sc. 1896 A. Cheviot Proverbs 237:
Like Laird Hacket, that bann't a' the oik [sic] an' del't dockens on Sunday.
Wgt. 1912 A.O.W.B. Fables 19:
My faither dee'd last ook.
Abd. 1929 Abd. Weekly Jnl. (24 Jan.) 6:
A gey curn hae been ditchet within the last ook or sae.

Hence ookly, oukly, owkly, adj., weekly (n.Sc. 1825 Jam.); n., a weekly paper or magazine.Sc. 1777 Weekly Mag. (3 July) 20:
That wale o' buiks the Oukly Magazine, Whareon I aft hae glowr'd by ingle-side.
Edb. 1795 Edb. Mag. (March) 222:
There's spent in owkly drinkin, What keeps wife and weans alive.
Abd. 1826 D. Anderson Poems 67:
An' social company an' a sang Is our delight; Ookly we'll join the jovial thrang Unhurt a' night.
Abd. 1928 Abd. Weekly Jnl. (16 Aug.) 6:
Did ye see that letter in the “Ookly” fae some umman boddy in New Zealand?

[O.Sc. ouk, id., from a.1400, from the O.E. by-form wucu, Mid.Eng. wuke. For loss of w, see P.L.D. § 76. 2. The I.Sc. forms may however come direct from Norw. uke.]

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