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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.

RUNNICK, n. Also runnik, runnock; rinnick (Marw.); ron(n)ek (Jak.). Dim. runnickle (Sh. 1968). An open drain or gutter used to drain water from a byre or dung hill (Sh. a.1838 Jam. MSS. XII. 188, 1908 Jak. (1928), 1914 Angus Gl., Ork. 1929 Marw.; Sh. 1968). [′rʌnək]Sh. 1836 Gentleman's Mag. II. 591:
Donal o Nius' mukkle glekkit goat, it wiz cullin him dere i da runnik.
Sh. 1892 G. Stewart Fireside Tales 259:
Fir truly ta won till her I could a geen up troo a runnick.
Sh. 1916 J. Burgess Rasmie's Smaa Murr (14 May):
Whin raeson slips faeth, shö goes clash i da runnik.
Sh. 1956 Shetland News (4 Dec.):
To clean out the midden runnick.
Ork. 2004:
Runnick for a gutter in the byre is common in the south isles.

[Dim. form ad. Norw. renna, a ditch, O.N. renna, a run, course. The vowel may have been altered after Rin, run, a channel for water, or Faer. runa, the ordure from a byre-gutter.]

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