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First published 1976 (SND Vol. X).
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WRAP, v. Also freq. forms wraple (Abd. 1789 A. Ross Helenore 86, a variant of the 1768 reading Warple, which is prob. the correct one), rapple (Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 135). Sc. usages in comb. and deriv. ¶1. wrapall, a loose overcoat; 2. wrapper, rapper, ne.Sc. vrapper, (1) a loose robe or gown, worn by men and women indoors, sometimes as a dressing-gown or bed-jacket (ne.Sc. 1974); (2) now more commonly, a woman's household overall, a smock (Ork., n., m.Sc. 1974). Also attrib.; †(3) a boot of thin leather, fastened by wrapping the upper part around the leg. Also in U.S.; also the leather of which it was made (Sc. 1818 Sawers).1. Per. c.1800 in P. R. Drummond Bygone Days (1879) 520:
It [a poem] is like the beggar's wrapall, so clouted and patched that I hardly know the masterpiece.
2. (1) wm.Sc. 1827 T. Hamilton Cyril Thornton (1848) xlvi.:
Nae doot ye'll wear yer flannin wrapper.
Sc. 1894 Stevenson W. Hermiston viii.:
Hastily she did up the massive and shining coils, hastily donned a wrapper.
(2) Slk. 1811 Spy (29 June) 251:
What gars ye dander out your lane, In wrapper braw and tippet clean?
Sc. 1848 J. Logan Gael. Gatherings 150:
The short upper frock, called in parts of the low country, a wrapper.
Gsw. 1868 J. Young Poems 63:
Thy waist (hech, sic a wapper 'Stens like a drum thy gaucy rapper).
m.Lth. 1882 J. Strathesk Blinkbonny 24:
She put on her cotton morning wrapper, of blue with small white spots.
Ags. 1889 Barrie Tillyloss Scandal 88:
The women scudded by with their wrappers over their heads.
Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 14:
The wife took up her wrapper neuk An' gied her flamin' face a dicht.
Abd. 1955 Buchan Observer (4 Oct.):
For everyday wear the women of all ages wore cotton jackets, open at the front and fastened at the neck only. They were called wrappers, “vrappers” in the vernacular.
(3) Rnf. 1788 E. Picken Poems 39:
Your [shoes'] maker was aye weel reputet; Whan wi' his rappiers [sic], they were bootet.
Dmb. 1827 W. Taylor Poems 11:
The souters' stan's wi' wrapper fine, And shoon o' a' dimensions.

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"Wrap v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 16 Apr 2024 <>



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