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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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PUNCH, n.1, adj. Sc. usages of Punch, the puppet.

I. n. 1. In comb. Punch and Polly = Eng. Punch and Judy.Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch iii.:
Punch and Polly, and puppie-shows, and mair than I can tell.

2. A short, stout person or animal, a fat little man or woman (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 135). Also in dim. forms punchie, punchik(ie), id. (Ib.; ne.Sc. 1967), freq. as a nickname. Hence punchie, -y, adj., thick and short, of persons or animals (Lnk., Rxb. 1825 Jam.; ne.Sc. 1967). Cf. II. and Bunch, n. Also in Eng. dial.Peb. 1793 R. Brown Carlop Green (1817) 134:
Snell, punchy Peg, that whisky mak's.

II. adj. Of persons or animals: stout, thickset, dumpy (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Now only dial. in Eng.

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"Punch n.1, adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 13 Apr 2024 <>



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