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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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PORR, v., n. Also por(e); pur(r).
I. v. 1. To prod, poke, thrust at (Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928)); to prod with the horns, of a cow, etc., to gore (sm.Sc. 1966). Also fig. Comb. por(r)ing-iron, purr-, a poker (‡Ags. 1808 Jam., purr-).Sc. 1702 Foulis Acct. Bk. (S.H.S.) 307:
For a stoif chimney without back tangs, show, and poring iron . . . £7 8 0.Ags. 1712 A. Jervise Land of Lindsays (1882) 426:
A chimblow, toaings, chuffel, and purring jorn.Abd. c.1803 D. Anderson Sawney and John Bull 20:
Ay my boys, that's ploughmen for ye, That ye're kings an' a' may pur ye.Kcd. 1844 W. Jamie Muse 152:
I would think shame to rin and chase thee Or yet to pur ye.Ork. 1929 Marw.:
What's she purran aboot the fire for noo?
2. To prick, stab, Jag (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 384; Cai. 1964, purr).Cai. 1900:
He got purred with a thistle. A've purred ma finger.
II. n. 1. A thrust, stab, poke, prod, the noise made by such (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 384; Sc. 1832 A. Henderson Proverbs Gl.; sm.Sc. 1966). Dim. purrie, a boys' game (see 1929 quot.).Sc. 1741 Caled. Mercury (28 May):
A Dark Gray Mare . . . very thin casten behind, with a little white Spot on her Face, and a Pore Mark on or above her right Thigh.Kcd. 1844 W. Jamie Muse 155:
A simple pur wi' a bodie's fit, Maks 't rin a most prodigious bit.Abd. 1929:
Purrie, as its name implies, is also a school game. It consists in touching one's neighbour with the hand and calling Purrie, when the insulted one makes chase and tries to secure the offender for prison.
2. A poker. Also in Eng. dial.m.Lth. 1711 J. Paterson Hist. Wauchope (1858) 79:
Item, the kitchen chimney, with tonks, raxes, with pore and shuffell.Gsw. 1732 Gsw. Testaments MS. LI. 124:
Tuo pair smith tongs and a porr and Skivell.
3. A thorn, prickle, barb (Cai.91939); hence, by extension, a thistle (Cai. 1930).Cai. 1961 Edb. John o' Groat Lit. Soc. 5:
Dockans, skeollag, carran, an' purrs.
4. A round stick trimmed at one end to make it easier to grip and used as a bat in the game of tip-and-run or puddocks at the Edinburgh Academy (Edb. 1975, porrie). The form porringer, prob. a corruption of porring-iron s.v. I. 1., is used at Loretto School. m.Lth. 1911 H. B. Tristram Loretto School 84:
'Puddex', often shortened to 'dex', is the Loretto name for small cricket. It is played with a tennis ball and a porringer, alias broomstick.
Porr v., n.
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