A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Skip, Skyp, Scoup, n. Also: skipp. [Late ME and e.m.E. skyppe (Prompt. Parv.), skippe (c1450), skip (1647); Skip v.] a. An act of skipping; a short bounding or leaping movement. Also fig. (The K. Hart ex. may rather be an instance of Scope n.2 1 b, a purpose, aim or intention.) b. transf. ? An act of wantonness or folly; ? an instance of bad behaviour. —
a. A crudge bak that cairfull cative [sc. Senility] bure … But scoup or skift his craft is all to scayth; K. Hart 856.
For mirth of May wyth skippis and wyth happis The birdis sang; Dunb. G. Targe 19.
Sche … departand with a skyp, By hir rycht hand schowys furth the schyp; Doug. x v 77.
[A boulder] Halding his fard the discens of the bra With mony skyp and stend baith to and fra; Doug. xii xi 162.
— fig. The kingdom of heaven is not gotten with a skip or leap, but with much seeking, thrumbling and thrusting; 1649 Last and Heavenly Speeches of Viscount Kenmuir 17.
— b. Licht skirt for all thy skippis Had I thé in my grippis, on thé I suld be wrokin; Rolland Seven S. 1706.
Sen ȝe stummer nocht for my skippis … I byd a quasill of ȝour quhippis; Bann. MS 141b/50.
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